Resources: National Indigenous History Month provides an opportunity learn more about First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage and culture – and to celebrate virtually in 2020

Resources: National Indigenous History Month provides an opportunity learn more about First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage and culture – and to celebrate virtually in 2020

June 19, 2020

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TORONTO, June 19, 2020 — Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) recognizes and celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. There are many ways to virtually celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day this year during the pandemic.

June is National Indigenous History Month, celebrating the heritage, cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Canada, and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

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. Read about the significance of National Indigenous Peoples Day on the Government of Canada website. While many of the planned events had to be cancelled this year, there are still ways to celebrate at home. Read about 11 ways you can virtually celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Visit the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival – Virtual Edition this weekend to experience "live" Indigenous music and dance performances along with additional fun and educational resources. Throughout the month CityNews will be featuring profiles of Indigenous people, and share their stories and voices, so that we can celebrate the difference they have made in their communities.

TVO kids has also shared great short videos for children and adults featuring those of Indigenous heritage. For First Nations, Métis and Inuit books visit www.goodminds.com

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Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider. We are owned by the City of Toronto and provide homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in more than 100 of the city's neighbourhoods. Our buildings represent a $10-billion public asset.