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National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month is a time to honour the stories, achievements, and resilience of Indigenous peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial. Canada celebrates National Indigenous History Month in June, providing an opportunity for everyone to learn about the unique cultures, traditions, and experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.

Weekly themes

Guide your learning by exploring different weekly themes that highlight various aspects of Indigenous history, cultures, and perspectives:

  • June 1 to 9: Environment, traditional knowledge and territory
  • June 10 to 16: Children and youth
  • June 17 to 23: Languages, cultures and arts
  • June 24 to 30: Women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people

Explore learning resources and find out how you can get involved

Discover stories, traditions and cultures

To gain a deeper understanding of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis experiences, immerse yourself in their voices through books, shows, movies, and music by Indigenous artists. Explore the Kingston Native Centre and Language Nest’s digital story collection and cultural teachings, the Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s reading list, and local workshops such as Making Sense of Decolonization Through Art.

Mental health support

During this month of reflection and learning, it’s important to recognize the ongoing impacts of historical and intergenerational trauma on Indigenous communities. Mental health support is crucial, and resources are available to help. The Government of Canada and KFL&A Public Health resource lists provide more information about mental health services and programs.