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Get out and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day – Eagle Feather News

by ahnationtalk on June 20, 2019306 Views

June 20, 2019

Most Canadians might say Canada Day is the day they think of the most when it comes to the summer. However, National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD), which takes place on June 21, is a day marked on people’s calendar to celebrate the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people, their culture and achievements.

National Indigenous Month goes back 12 years. In 2007, Aboriginal History Month (AHM) was initiated by a non-profit grassroots organization called Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association (RAPA). After being put forward by Member of Parliament Jean Crowder-Nanaimo-Cowichan in the House of Commons in 2009 it received a unanimous vote.

“I think that recognizing the past and showing that the spirit of Indigenous culture is still alive and thriving in a multicultural community is very important,” said Brad Bellegarde Regina’s Cultural Diversity & Indigenous Relations Advisor. “When we talk about First [Nations] peoples, it’s very important to recognize that it’s not something of the past, it’s something of the present.”

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