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Canada's National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21, 2021

Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day gives us a chance to recognize the many achievements of the country’s Indigenous peoples. The day also celebrates the distinct cultures and unique traditions of these native communities. Three Indigenous peoples groups exist in Canada: the Inuit, First Nations, and Metis. Recent statistics put their population at just under 1.7 million. Festivities celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day are held all throughout Canada every year on June 21.

Canada's National Indigenous Peoples Day timeline

1876
Indian Act Passed

This act takes away the rights of the Indigenous people to self-govern, who instead must follow the rules of the federal government.

1960
The Right to Vote

The Indigenous people are finally granted the right to vote.

1982
A Call for National Aboriginal Solidarity Day

The National Indian Brotherhood calls for June 21 to be recognized as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day.

1995
National First Peoples Day Recommended

The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommends that a National First Peoples Day be initiated.

1996
National Indigenous Peoples Day Begins

Finally, National Indigenous Peoples Day is formally recognized — paving the way for outsiders to more fully explore the land and culture.

How to Observe Canada's National Indigenous Peoples Day

  1. Try some moose stew

    Even if you can't get to one of the many National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations, you can still celebrate with the unique cuisine of these communities. Have you ever tried moose stew or pemmican cakes? If these options sound a little too extreme for you, why not just opt to enjoy some fry bread — a favorite among the Indigenous Canadians?

  2. Celebrate the summer solstice

    Since way before National Indigenous Peoples Day even became a formally recognized holiday, the Indigenous people have been celebrating their heritage on the summer solstice. We all love summer, so why not join the Indigenous people by holding a party ushering in the summer months?

  3. Take a trip to the exotic Northwest Territories

    The Northwest Territories may not be a vacation destination that is super popular, but if you visit during the summer, this Canadian destination can be very enjoyable. Visiting the Northwest Territories is an excellent opportunity to connect with nature. Additionally, while exploring this region, you are sure to come across some authentic history of the Indigenous people.

5 Things To Know Before Your Next Northwest Territories Vacation

  1. Land of the Midnight Sun

    The Northwest Territories is also referred to as the "Land of the Midnight Sun."

  2. Fur Trading

    Much of the Northwest Territories were originally explored by fur traders.

  3. Chilly Temps

    The climate zone for the Northwest Territories is considered Arctic. Brrr.

  4. Muskoxen

    Ever heard of a muskoxen? Most of the world's population of this animal live in the Northwest Territories.

  5. Fantastic Light Show

    The Northern Lights are usually visible for over 250 days throughout the year in the Northwest Territories.

Why Canada's National Indigenous Peoples Day is Important

  1. It bring awareness to the three Indigenous peoples groups in Canada

    It's important to remember that they are many unique cultures and traditions held throughout the country. National Indigenous Peoples Day is an excellent opportunity to brush up on the three distinct heritage groups that make up the country's native population.

  2. It means summer is near

    Traditionally, the Indigenous people have held celebrations on the summer solstice, and that's why June 21 was chosen to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. From now on, whenever you hear of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the official beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere is a reason to get even more excited.

  3. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a great reason to try traditional food and games

    Unless you're from Canada's Northwest Territory, there is a good chance that you aren't too familiar with the traditional food and games that are enjoyed by the Indigenous people. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a great occasion to get out of your comfort zone a little and try something new.

Canada's National Indigenous Peoples Day dates

YearDateDay
2021June 21Monday
2022June 21Tuesday
2023June 21Wednesday
2024June 21Friday
2025June 21Saturday