The Government of Canada has designated June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day. The date is chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, a time of year where many Indigenous Peoples' groups have celebrated their culture and heritage. Canadians are encouraged to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Indigenous Peoples in fields as varied as agriculture, the environment and the arts, and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society.
Locally, Greater St. Albert Catholic School students will take time to learn about the culture and heritage of the Indigenous Peoples. With the assistance of the wisdom from local elders, lessons have been prepared to share this rich heritage with students district-wide.
A number of additional initiatives are underway as part of the ongoing work of two committees; First Nations, Inuit and Métis Leadership and Advisory committees. To learn more, visit the District website and be sure to check back for monthly Call to Action updates.