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National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month
June 2021

This year, National Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of residential schools.

Each week, from June 1 to July 7, 2021, the Canada School of Public Service will be recommending learning activities from its catalogue and third-party resources to commemorate National Indigenous History Month and the Treaty 11 centenary.

Make sure to check this web page every week or follow us on Twitter to discover your weekly job aids, courses, videos or app recommendations.

Learn more about National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Week 1
Theme: Honouring Indigenous women

This week focuses on acknowledging and recognizing the vital roles and contributions of Indigenous women to Canadian society. Check out this recently published timeline dedicated to influential Indigenous women in Canada:

Related links

Week 2
Theme: Historical realities of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

This week focuses on the historical facts that have impacted Indigenous Peoples in the past and continue to affect them today.

Explore the following five online self-paced courses. We have just released these updated, expanded and more interactive versions. Take a closer look!

The School is hosting this event in collaboration with the Community of Practice for Indigenous Training and Development (GCcollab).

Week 3
Theme: Indigenous languages

This week focuses on raising awareness about the importance of preserving Indigenous languages in Canada. Take time to discover these recently published job aids and videos:

June 17 event: Career Discussions with New Indigenous Public Servants
Indigenous employees who are new to the public service will discuss their career journeys and their lived experiences, including their successes and challenges, and how they are navigating their way in the public service. This event is presented by the Federal Youth Network and the Knowledge Circle for Indigenous Inclusion.

June 18 event: Celebrating Achievements in Reconciliation
We've invited Indigenous federal public service employees to share their stories about the work they've been doing to advance reconciliation. Join us for an inspiring conversation and learn more about the way ahead.

June 21 event: Career Discussions with Senior Indigenous Leaders
Experienced Indigenous leaders will reflect on their journey within the federal public service, including how they maximized their skill sets, the challenges they faced, and the successes they achieved. The discussion will touch on finding mentors and coaches, networking, and the importance of matching interests with career goals. This event is presented by the Federal Youth Network and the Knowledge Circle for Indigenous Inclusion.

June 23 event: LGBTQ2+ Pride Season and National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021
Featuring two-spirit persons and LGBTQ2+ advocates and community members from across Canada, the panel will address the historical role of two-spirit persons among Indigenous Peoples and the reclamation of this identity against the legacy of colonialism in Canada.

July 7 event: Reconciliation, Relationships and Treaty 11 Centenary
On July 7, Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya will speak about Treaty 11, relationships with the Crown and the treaty's legacy of change and reconciliation.

Week 4
Theme: Indigenous identity

This week focuses on the importance of all Canadians valuing Indigenous identity in Canada. Explore the new version of our mobile app, check out our job aid about territorial acknowledgement, and watch a video featuring Elder Gerry Oleman, a member of the St'at'imc Nation in British Columbia.

Week 5
Theme: Historic treaties and the Treaty 11 centenary

This week, we focus on historic treaties as a foundational part of Canadian society and celebrate the last of the Numbered Treaties. Register for our July 7 event about the centenary of Treaty 11!

July 7 event: Reconciliation, Relationships and Treaty 11 Centenary
Treaty 11 was signed one hundred years ago, and it is the last of the numbered treaties in Canada. It was signed between the Crown and representatives of the Dehcho, Tłı̨chǫ, Sahtu and Gwich’in. On July 7, Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya will speak about Treaty 11, relationships with the Crown and the treaty’s legacy of change and reconciliation.

The School is hosting this event in collaboration with the Treaty 11 Centenary Interdepartmental Working Group.


Features

Mobile App: Reconciliation: A Starting Point

Download the "Reconciliation: A Starting Point" app to access a wealth of information on Indigenous Peoples in Canada, key historical events, and reconciliation.

Indigenous Learning Series

Discover Canada's shared history with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

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