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Indigenous Peoples Day 2021

June 18, 2021

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When our designer Tom Spetter was thinking about what image we might post to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, he was inspired by the story of Raven bringing Sun back to Earth. 

The woman on the rock represents not only Indigenous women and youth but also intergenerational power and renewal, contemplating and rising above the ghosted image of Qu'Appelle Indian Industrial School in Southern Saskatchewan. This year’s celebrations will be heavy with the devastating news from Kamloops and other sites across Canada, but that only strengthens our resolve to honour, express, and celebrate the power and resiliency of Indigenous Peoples and communities across the world. 

Animikii Founder Jeff Ward has long been an advocate for Indigenous Peoples Day and recorded these greetings and reflections on what it means this year for him. 

In the video, Jeff challenges entrepreneurs and business owners to adopt more flexible rules around Statutory holidays and allow their teams to take any other day they feel is more meaningful than the existing colonial holidays. 

If you’re looking to bring a more flexible statutory holiday policy into your workplace, check out this article and our open-source policy

May your Indigenous Peoples Day 2021 be exactly what you need from it! 

June 18, 2021

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