SEIU Healthcare is proud to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to celebrate the time-honoured heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Originally called National Aboriginal Day, it was first announced on June 21, 1996 through a proclamation by then Governor General of Canada Romero LeBlanc. Last year on June 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement announcing to rename it National Indigenous Peoples Day for this year’s summer solstice.
For many generations, a great number of Indigenous peoples’ groups have celebrated their traditions during the summer solstice. It is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to learn more about and embrace Indigenous communities by participating in Indigenous activities and funding opportunities.
“As your Aboriginal/Indigenous Representative on the Executive Board, I encourage all members to get out and celebrate this unique culture, and to learn about the heritage and teachings associated with this rich history and to learn about many of the struggles that are still happening in this country today.
I also encourage you to let your spirit shine as we also recognize the Summer Solstice as a time of celebration, of honouring the light, and our connection to the Sun and to the Earth.” – Jenn Frandsen