June is National Indigenous History Month!
This month we are celebrating the heritage of our First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. On June 21st, we are also celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day! We are very proud of our diversity.
The systemic issues that Indigenous people experience in their daily lives shows us how strong and resilient their communities are. Their continuous struggle to fight racism and work on mutual understanding and respect between all Canadians and Indigenous peoples can be seen through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC).
In the past, Canada has had harsh and undeniably traumatizing impacts on our Indigenous people and their heritage, which has left numerous setbacks and disadvantages for Indigenous people in Canada. This is also visible within our governmental institutions and negative attitudes of many Canadians and newcomers in Canada. In order to combat racism and colonialism, we need to be educated – and one way to understand Indigenous history, current struggles, and culture is to support Indigenous art.
Storytelling, performance art, such as music and dance, and many more artworks including literature, have been an important part to express the hardships of past and present within Indigenous communities. Below is a list of just some of the many opportunities for you to find out more about our Indigenous people in Saskatchewan:
- Wanuskewin Heritage Park;
- Rock Your Roots – Walk for Reconciliation in Saskatoon. Check out Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre for more information! Wear purple and join the walk to show our support;
- Art Gallery of Swift Current;
- Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery;
- Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina.
As we celebrate Canada Day this year, we encourage you to plan to take part in one of the upcoming events and/or check out one of the exhibits – a genuine understanding of Canadian history must include recognition of our Indigenous Heritage.