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Parksville recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21

June is National Indigenous History Month

Parksville will join the rest of Canada in observing June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to recognize the rich heritage, contributions and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across the country.

It will be a day of celebration and recognition of the important role Indigenous People played in the history of Canada.

“The City of Parksville recognizes the people of the Coast Salish Nations and their traditional territory upon which we are grateful to live, work and play,” stated a news release from the city.

June is National Indigenous History Month and provides opportunities to learn and listen. Whether it’s by reading books, attending conferences, or researching ways to support Indigenous artists, storytellers and business owners, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Indigenous communities.

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The Governor General of Canada proclaimed June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day in 1996.

Learning opportunities are offered through the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Educational Resources by Age

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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