National Indigenous Peoples Day is June 21st. This day is for recognizing and celebrating the many cultures and contributions of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. It is a time for reflection, education, and action about Indigenous past, present, and the future.

This last year has brought forward many hard truths that still demand justice. Much more work needs to be done to bring home the children lost through the residential school system to their communities. 

We are also continuing to learn about the truths of knowledge lost, traditions taken and history that needs to be corrected. We remain committed to this work and invite everyone to join us on this day to celebrate Indigenous communities and also to commit to your own learning journey.

Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate, educate yourself and support our Indigenous community.

Celebrate Indigenous Culture & Educate Yourself in the Process

Immerse Yourself in Indigenous Art

Urban Shaman
290 McDermot Ave 

Canadian Plains Gallery Inc
181 Higgins Ave   

Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art
611 Main St    

Creeations & Artists Showcase
586 Main St 

Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique
1 Forks Market Rd · In The Forks 

Winnipeg Art Gallery
300 Memorial Blvd 

Gallery 1C03
515 Portage Ave · Near Southbound Vaughan at Portage North 

Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art
460 Portage Ave #1 · Near the University of Winnipeg 

Jackie Traverse (Artist)
209-63 Albert St · In Hammond Building

Neeginan Centre
– Aboriginal Centre Of Winnipeg Inc (ACWI)

181 Higgins Ave 

Watch an Indigenous Movie

  • Angelique’s Isle
  • Angry Inuk
  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
  • Beans
  • Birth of a Family
  • Club Native
  • Empire of Dirt
  • Kanehsatake: 270
  • Kayak to Klemtu
  • Grizzlies

Listen to Indigenous Music

  • The Halluci Nation
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids
  • Nataanii Means
  • Gunner Jules
  • Fawn Wood
  • Tia Wood
  • Spur Pourier
  • Tammy Lamouche
  • Northern Cree
  • DJ Kookum
  • Ms.PAN!K
  • Mob Bounce
  • Cris Derksen

Read an Indigenous Book

Indigenous Writes
by Chelsea Vowel

The Knowledge Seeker
by Blair A. Stonechil

Creating Space: My Life & Work in Indigenous Education
by Verna J. Kirkness

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act
by Bob Joseph

Braiding Sweetgrass
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Break
by Katherena Vermette

Firekeeper’s Daughter
by Angeline Boulley 

The Marrow Thieves
by Cherie Dimaline 

Research as Ceremony
by Shawn Wilson

Life in the City of Dirty Water: A Memoir of Healing
by Clayton Thomas-Muller

Five Little Indians
by Michelle Good

Eat at a Local Indigenous Restaurant

Cookem Daisey’s 
761 Westminster Ave
(204) 981-6119 

Aboriginal fusion (food truck) 

Feast Café Bistro
587 Ellice Ave
(204) 691-5979 

Perfect Place Café
541 Selkirk Ave
(204) 582-1728 

Neeginan Centre Restaurant
181 Higgins Ave
(204) 989-6605 

Podcasts by Indigenous Creators

Two Crees in a Pod
by Amber Dion
& Terri Cardinal

Matriarch Movement
by Shayla Stonechild

All My Relations
by Matika Wilbur, Desi Small-Rodriguez & Adrienne Keene

Book Women Podcast
by masinahikan iskwêwak

Coffee & Quaq
by Alice Q. Glenn

by David A. Robertson

Métis in Space
by Mollv Swain and Chelsea Vowel

A Tribe Called Geek

TEDTalks by Indigenous Speakers

‘We the People’ – The three most misunderstood words in US history
by Mark Charles

The Danger of Silence
by Clint Smith

We are More than Murdered & Missing
by Tamara Bernard

How do we Stop Aboriginal Women from Disappearing
by Beverley Jacobs

Decolonization is for Everyone
by Nikki Sanchez

Canadian Shame: A History of Residential Schools
by Ginger Gosnell-Myers

Okicitawak: Worthy young men’s perceptions of Indigenous manhood
by Keestin O’Dell

Support Our Indigenous Community

Advocate for Indigenous Rights

Non-Indigenous people must be actively engaged in calling for change across Canada.

Write a letter to your federal and provincial government representatives, calling for a forensic and independent search of all residential school properties for graves so that the children can be returned home.

Also, call for them to provide clean running water to all Indigenous communities now.

Support an Indigenous Business

Donate to an Indigenous Organization

Support organizations that provide ongoing trauma support to survivors of residential schools and ongoing colonial laws, policies & institutions and work to heal the intergenerational trauma that it has caused.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Ka Ni Kanichihk

Indigenous Women’s Healing Centre

Ikwe-Widdjiitiwin Inc.

Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc.

Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad

Voices: Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network

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