NIPD – 2021
June 21st, 2021 is the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, which the Canadian Constitution collectively recognize as Indigenous peoples. This year, June 2021, National Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of residential schools.
This year’s poster illustrates various visual elements in Indigenous cultures:
- the sun (the summer solstice) is at the center which is at the heart of the festivities.
- First Nations are represented by the eagle
- Inuit are represented by the narwhal
- Métis are represented by the violin
- The four elements of nature (earth, water, fire and air) are also shown in the image, with multicoloured smoke “reminding us of Indigenous spirituality but also the colors of the rainbow – symbol of inclusion and diversity of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and their members.”
Below you will find a link to a Canadian Government webpage dedicated to sharing the history and stories of this important day.