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June 9, 2017
National Aboriginal Day - or, as we call it, National Indigenous Peoples Day - is fast approaching.
Many of the events take place on June 21, which this year falls on a Wednesday. Since National Indigenous Peoples Day is not a statutory holiday, many of us will not have the day off work or school to celebrate. Last year, Animikii published an article and video about why we think National Indigenous Peoples Day should be a statutory holiday.
Since then, MP Robert Falcon-Ouellette has presented a petition to the House of Commons on May 18, 2017 to make National Indigenous Peoples Day a statutory holiday across Canada - not just in the Northwest Territories and Yukon. We’ll keep you posted on the status of the petition. National Indigenous Peoples Day could be a stat holiday one day soon!
At Animikii, we treat National Indigenous Peoples Day like a statutory holiday - as it is in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon - so that our employees can go out to attend community events that recognize and honour Indigenous Peoples contributions, history, and culture. If you're on Vancouver Island like us, we’ve compiled a map of events going on to help you decide how you’re going to celebrate.
Of course not! If you are unable to attend the National Aboriginal - ahem, Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in your community, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do on your own or with your family to mark the day.
It’s also important to note that the things listed here are not exclusive to National Indigenous Peoples Day. They are things you can do every day to support and acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples in this country and around the world.
June 9, 2017
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