Statement from Ministers Pablo Rodriguez, Marc Miller, Patty Hajdu and Daniel Vandal on National Indigenous Peoples Day
From: Canadian Heritage
OTTAWA, Traditional Unceded Algonquin Territory, June 21, 2022
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The Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, and the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, issued the following statement today.
“Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we invite Canadians to learn about the linguistic and cultural diversity as well as the outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
“National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on the summer solstice—a day of spiritual significance for many Indigenous Peoples and communities for generations. This day is traditionally marked by cultural ceremonies, celebrations and events that recognize and highlight the significant contributions of Indigenous Peoples from coast to coast to coast.
“It is an opportunity to reiterate the importance of the relationships we continue to build with First Nations, Inuit and Métis, grounded in respect and cooperation, and to reaffirm our commitment to Indigenous Peoples to support their visions of self-determination.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the distinct languages, cultural practices, heritage and spiritual beliefs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada. On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we encourage everyone to celebrate and honour Indigenous knowledge and experiences, in the spirit of reconciliation.
“While today is a time to celebrate, it is also an opportunity to recognize and reflect on the work that remains. This year marks the second commemoration of National Indigenous Peoples Day since the discovery of unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Residential School, a sad revelation now echoed across multiple other communities in Canada and a tragic reminder of the historic and ongoing trauma that Indigenous Peoples continue to suffer. Reconciliation relies on our continued commitment to confront the difficult truths and realities of our collective past and the lasting impacts of colonialism. The Government of Canada will continue to support Indigenous communities with the difficult work and healing ahead.
“Today, and throughout National Indigenous History Month, please take a moment to move forward on the path to reconciliation and begin or continue your learning journey:
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services
Office of the Honourable Daniel Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Indigenous Services Canada