June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. On this day, we celebrate and learn from the culture and contributions of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples living in Canada.
National Indigenous Peoples Day falls on the summer solstice, which is also the longest day of the year. It marks the end of a long winter and renewed life. It’s the time when flowers blossom, crops flourish, the days are long, and the Sun is bright. This year, what should be a time of celebration and reconciliation is overshadowed by the recent discoveries at Kamloops Indian Residential School and other former residential school sites across the country. SNOLAB joins those who are mourning the loss of hundreds of Indigenous children at residential schools, and recognizes the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma resulting from the residential school system. It is the responsibility of all individuals and institutions that benefit from colonialism to educate ourselves about the treatment of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and to work towards reconciliation.
This year, to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are sharing resources with our staff, users, and community to re-learn the truths about our history. By listening to Indigenous people and hearing their diverse perspectives, we can begin to gain understanding and respect, and work towards reconciliation.
Below is a list of resources you may find useful: