national indigenous peoples day

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
National Indigenous People’s Day

First celebrated in 1996, National Indigenous People’s Day was renamed from it’s original “National Aboriginal Day” in 2017 to properly recognize and the First Nation, Inuit, and Metis people. National Indigenous Peoples Day is an annual celebration of Indigenous heritage and culture, held on the 21st of June each year. Most provinces do currently not recognize the day as a statutory holiday, however, here in Nemaska, the day is surely celebrated like one. The kids attend school, the adults work half-days, there are celebration and events occurring all over town.

Today in Nemaska, the Recreation Department of Nemaska held various events, bringing equipment to the school’s event at the lake where there was marshmallow and hot-dog roasting, swimming, and games. In the evening, the adults had various competitions including: canoe racing, teepee assembling, tea boiling, wood splitting, and skeet shooting.

I encourage the non-indigenous people of Canada to educate themselves on Indigenous history and culture this National Indigenous People’s Day. Having taken various courses on Indigenous issues and culture, I believed that my education on this great culture and heritage was up-to-par, however, having lived in Nemaksa for over a month – I know that I still have more to learn.

The featured image is of an Elder in Nemaska. I had the pleasure of joining Lucy for a three-hour kayak tour on Lake Champion.

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