June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated annually in Canada on the summer solstice, June 21st, to honor and recognize the culture, heritage, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.  

Celebrate the day respectfully 

  1. Attend an Indigenous event or gathering 

Many Indigenous communities across Canada organize events and gatherings on June 21. Attend one of these events to experience the vibrant culture of Indigenous peoples. 

  1. Learn about Indigenous History 

Take some time to educate yourself about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Visit a local museum, read books written by Indigenous authors, or watch documentaries about Indigenous history. 

  1. Support Indigenous Businesses 

Support Indigenous businesses by shopping at Indigenous-owned stores or purchasing Indigenous-made products. 

  1. Volunteer 

Volunteer your time to support Indigenous organizations or communities. This could involve helping with community events, fundraising, or offering your skills in a specific area. 

  1. Take part in Social Media Campaigns 

Join social media campaigns that celebrate Indigenous culture and history and raise awareness of the challenges that Indigenous peoples face today. 

Remember that celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day is just one small part of a larger effort to recognize and support Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is important to continue learning about Indigenous history and culture and to work towards reconciliation and decolonization. 

What we are doing at OT Works! 

At OT Works! we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day by learning their history and understanding how we move forward to support Indigenous communities. 

We have adopted the Indigenous Cultural Safety, Humility, and Anti-Racism standard of practice, as recommended by the College of Occupational Therapists of BC (COTBC). 

Our team is also collectively studying and learning more about the negative impact of colonization and racism in health care. Specifically, every team member has read the In Plain Sight report and has watched webinars from the Indigenous Cultural Safety Collaborative Learning Series. OT Works! has facilitated a group discussion about our learnings and how our team can further support Indigenous Peoples in the care we provide.  

Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous communities: 

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day  

What is National Indigenous Peoples Day? 

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day to recognizes and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. 

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. 

It’s a special occasion to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. 

Celebrate by learning and respecting Indigenous Peoples 

At OT Works! we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day by learning their history and understanding how we move forward to support Indigenous communities. 
Here’s what we are currently reading and researching: 

At OT Works!, we strive to help others and in doing so make the world a better place.  We support advances in education and culture, value diversity and inclusion, and advocate sustainable use of natural resources.   We recognize that respecting Indigenous rights is an extension of our beliefs and practices.