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National Indigenous Peoples Day


Join us for an early celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day!

The morning session will feature an opening prayer and ceremony where Elder Michel Smith will explain the history of National Indigenous Peoples Day and its importance for public servants. This presentation will be followed by cultural performances displaying diversity in Indigenous cultures in Canada.

The afternoon session will focus on the importance of Indigenous learning for federal public servants. It will feature a keynote presentation and showcase some of the new learning products.

Live performances (morning)

  • Ottawa River Singers – This traditional drum group will perform an opening song of honour and four additional pieces, including a closing song. Between each song they will explain the meaning behind drumming and the messages conveyed by the songs.
  • Clayton Longboat, Haudenosaunee Smoke Dance Demonstration (Mohawk) – Participants will learn more about Mohawk culture and discover the significance of the Haudenosaunee Smoke Dance.
  • Brad Lafortune, Métis Jigging Demonstration – Participants will learn more about Métis culture and discover the importance of singing and dancing for Métis peoples.
  • David Serkoak, Inuk Drummer and Singer – David is an Inuk Elder and educator. He will explain the spiritual meaning behind throat singing and how it is used as a way of healing.
  • Makhena Guerin, Algonquin Hoop Dance Demonstration – Makhena will perform an Algonquin Hoop Dance and explain the meaning behind the dance.


  • Michel Smith, Elder
  • Ry Moran, Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service


Benoit Trottier, Learning Advisor, Canada School of Public Service

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