Celebrate Aboriginal History Month

This June, Canadians celebrate National Aboriginal History month and on June 21st – National Aboriginal Day.

Mark your calendar – because there are a number of celebrations and opportunities for learning all across the country.  By doing a quick internet search, pages and pages will come up. We can recognize the many contributions of Aboriginal peoples to the development of Canada, and the strength, diversity and culture of Aboriginal peoples and communities today.

Here are few things we came across this morning while searching “what’s on”

  1. Honour an outstanding individual who First Nations, Metis or Inuk  by nominating them for the 20th Annual Indspire Awards! . The deadline is June 29th. 2013 awards will mark the 20th anniversary of celebrating excellence in the Indigenous community and the limitless potential that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people represent.
  2. University of British Columbia Library: Aboriginal (Un)History Month celebrates Aboriginal creativity, scholarship, and intellectual traditions. Events introduce a wide range of Aboriginal experience and examine different meanings of the term “history” through the leadership of Aboriginal youth, research, media and curriculum resources
  3. The Great Native Canadian Bus Tour of Toronto: Take a 3-hour tour of pre-contact and historical landmarks illustrating the Indigenous presence in Toronto.  The tour begins at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and highlights include: Lakeshore, Spadina Road, High Park, Casa Loma, Don Valley and River, Yonge and Bloor, Yonge Street, Tabor Hill, Toronto Islands, Rouge Hill, & Old Fort York. Contact the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto and buy your tickets before they are sold out.  416-964-9087. Visit NCCT website for more Toronto activities
  4. In Iqaluit’s: Alianait music festival plans to celebrate the start of summer with three concert The concerts kicks off with a free event on National Aboriginal Day, June 21. The line-up includes the NAIP Kids Team, the most popular folk group in Greenland, along with Iqaluit storyteller Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, singer-guitarist Terrie Kusugak and the Kulavak throat singers, Kathleen Merritt and Nancy Ilisapi Mike.
  5. Take some time to reflect on Indigenous Philanthropy.  We had the chance to attend two conferences last month hosted by similar organizations to the Circle. At the Indigenous Funders for Indigenous Peoples Conference and Native Americans in Philanthropy – Reciprocity was a common thread expressed in so many ways.  Indigenous culture has a rich history of giving, sharing and generosity.

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