Today June 21st, is National Indigenous People Day and I would like to acknowledge and celebrate it.
What is National Indigenous Peoples Day?
National Indigenous Peoples day is a day to both celebrate and recognize the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.
Why June 21st?
For many generations Indigenous peoples celebrated their culture and heritage either on or near the summer solstice because it is the longest day of the year. This significance is also why National Indigenous Peoples Day has been chosen to be commemorated on June 21st across Canada.
Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!
In celebration, I'd like to highlight some very special contributions. Firstly, influential song-writer social and political activist Buffy Sainte-Marie.
The magic of the Haida Totem Poles. These remains are located at SG̱ang Gwaay Llanagaay on the southwestern edge of Gwaii Haanas in BC.
Above is an example of the incredible Inuit textile artist Marion Tuu'luq (1910-2002) work. It's called Together in Spring; she is also well known for her drawings, prints and wall hangings.