June 1st marks the start of National Indigenous History Month providing an opportunity to honour the heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
In addition, 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 Schools is hosting an Inculturated Mass to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day. The Mass will be an outdoor event held at the St. Albert Parish Grotto. Students will take time to learn about the culture and heritage of the Indigenous Peoples. With the assistance of the wisdom from local elders, classroom lessons will 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 our First Nations, Métis and Inuit Blog that highlights activities taking place in our schools and across the district.