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National Indigenous History Month 2023

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National Indigenous History Month is commemorated each June to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada, and all of their contributions – past and present. 

This month also serves as a reminder of our shared responsibility to support truth, healing, and reconciliation. As we honour #NIHM2023, we deepen our commitment to forging strong relationships with Indigenous colleagues and communities by amplifying Indigenous voices, showcasing Indigenous art, music, and dance, and providing platforms for meaningful dialogue. 

We encourage you to take time to support Indigenous-led initiatives, organizations, and businesses. While you’re at it, pick up a book, purchase artwork, attend a show, watch a movie or listen to music from Indigenous artists! 

Check out some resources and ideas on how you can get involved and show your support:

IPAA Resource Catalogue

A collection of online articles and tools that inspire, educate, and support our members and the Indigenous Performing Arts community, from our friends at the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA).

The UNcommon Wealth – Video Series

An Indigenous-led initiative curated by Denise Bolduc and her international co-creators Dolina Wehipeihana and Jacob Boehme in July 2022. The UNcommon Wealth is a three-part programme with respected thinkers, word-warriors, changemakers and creators from Canada, Australia and Aotearoa, with sessions covering topics surrounding reconciliation and decolonisation.

Each part of the programme is set in motion by spoken word performances, and followed by conversations with invited participating thinkers who exchange ideas, questions, and experiences.

APTN Indigenous Day Live (IDL): June 17, 2023

This celebration brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) and the summer solstice. Through cultural and musical performances, IDL honours the unparalleled achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people across Turtle Island.

Celebrate with in-person activities in Winnipeg, MB, or at home by watching, streaming or listening to the APTN Indigenous Day Live Concert from 8:00 – 10:00pm EST, hosted by Samian and Jessica Matten, featuring performances from a variety of artists, including The Halluci Nation, Laura Niquay, Mumu Fresh, Aysanabee, Digging Roots, DJ O Show, Morgan Toney, Silla, The Wild Moccasin Dancers and Miss Sandi Bay & The Rainbow Tornadoes.

National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21, 2023

#NIPD2023 takes place on the summer solstice, June 21. It’s a special occasion to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Attend an event in your community, participate in an online session, or take in an Indigenous performance! Find activities happening across the country at the website above.

Student #NIPD2023 event at Scotiabank Arena: June 22, 2023

Join The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund as they celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. This year, they are celebrating Indigenous Excellence: Past, Present, and Future with 1,500 students in-person at Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto, and thousands more tuned in virtually, to hear from Indigenous Elders, performers, speakers, and artists! The concert portion of the event will be streamed live, and virtual participants will be provided with resources to engage in learning and action throughout the day.

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