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Celebrating National Indigenous History Month: A Journey of Spirit and Justice.

On this June 21st, National Indigenous People’s Day, we honour the rich cultures, histories, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. During National Indigenous History Month, we invite you to reflect on the spiritual depth and resilience of Indigenous communities and their ongoing pursuit of justice.
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On this June 21st, National Indigenous People’s Day, we honour the rich cultures, histories, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. During National Indigenous History Month, we invite you to reflect on the spiritual depth and resilience of Indigenous communities and their ongoing pursuit of justice.


The origins of this month-long celebration trace back to 2009 when the Government of Canada declared June as National Indigenous History Month. This was a significant step towards recognizing and celebrating the profound impact of Indigenous peoples on Canada's cultural fabric. June 21st, the summer solstice, was also declared National Indigenous Peoples Day in 1996. This date holds deep spiritual significance as it represents the longest day of the year, a time of renewal and reflection for many Indigenous cultures.


Throughout June, various events and activities take place across the country to commemorate and educate about Indigenous heritage. From storytelling sessions and traditional dances o educational workshops and community gatherings, these events provide a platform for sharing and celebrating Indigenous knowledge and traditions.


Understanding the spiritual aspects of Indigenous cultures is crucial. Indigenous spirituality is often deeply connected to the land and, nature.

Practices such as smudging ceremonies, drumming, and sacred dances are not only cultural expressions but also profound spiritual rituals that strengthen the connection between individuals, their communities, and the Earth.


Justice remains a central theme during National Indigenous History Month. It is a time to acknowledge past injustices faced by Indigenous peoples, including the legacy of residential schools, systemic discrimination, and the ongoing challenges in achieving healing and reconciliation.


At the Mary Ward Centre we continue our commitment to support Indigenous education programs and initiatives.  We invite you to join us in our journey to learn, listen, and act in solidarity with Indigenous communities by:


Reading multiple books from diverse Indigenous authors to appreciate the depth and breadth of Indigenous cultures, histories, and ways of knowing. 


Join the Grassy Narrows River Run this September 18th in Toronto. “​Walk with Grassy Narrows youth and community members to show that we are with them on their path to achieve mercury justice and freedom!”


Sign up for one of the virtual workshop series provided by The Outdoor Learning Store, featuring excellent Indigenous speakers.





Join us in honoring and celebrating the vibrant cultures and profound contributions of Indigenous peoples this June. #IndigenousHistoryMonth #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay #JusticeAndSpirituality


For more information and resources, visit the Government of Canada's National Indigenous History Month page which hosts links to Indigenous websites and organizations.

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