National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, an opportunity to learn about the unique cultures, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

It's a time to honour the stories, achievements and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial. We encourage all Canadians to take time to learn more about Indigenous Peoples and to explore our collective past. Knowing and acknowledging the past and its ongoing impacts is the first step towards healing and reconciliation.

Indigenous connections

Beautifully handmade, beaded moccasins. Saoyú-Ɂehdacho National Historic Site

Parks Canada is committed to a system of national heritage places that recognizes and honours the historic and contemporary contributions of Indigenous peoples, their histories and cultures, as well as the special relationships Indigenous peoples have with ancestral lands, waters and ice.


National historic designations related to Indigenous history

Lucille Clifton, 1948 © Courtesy of Prince Rupert City & Regional Archives & Museum of Northern British Columbia, Wrathall collection/JRW2208

‘Wii Niisł Puuntk (Lucille Clifton) (1876-1962) was designated as a national historic person in 2016.

As the former Laxsgiik (Eagle Clan) leader, she is an outstanding example of a centuries-old role held by prominent Gitga'at (Tsimshian) women in this matrilineal society, who held traditional knowledge and passed on cultural practices.

The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recommends the designation of persons, places and events of national historic significance to the Government of Canada.


International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032)

Detail of the Wigonda, created by Christine Sioui Wawanoloath, that appears on our International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032) banners and poster

One of the ways Parks Canada celebrates the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032) is through its banners and posters program.

For thousands of years, Indigenous languages have named everything that lives and all that connects us. They tell us about nature and its elements, they teach us culture and its voices. Parks Canada honours this precious heritage and protects many places where First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages are spoken and can be heard.

Wendate from her father’s side and Abenaki from her mother’s side, artist and author Christine Sioui Wawanoloath has created this "Wigonda". This bird-person, exulting in colors in a communicative dance, illustrates the joy and pride of Indigenous peoples to express their culture through their arts and languages.


Gwaii Haanas: The Living Landscapes of SG̱ang Gwaay

Haida Watchmen greet visitors and share ancient Haida stories at a village site.

How can a storm literally uproot history?

Learn about a collaborative archaeology project at an evacuated village on the remote island of SG̱ang Gwaay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was devastated by hurricane-force winds in a 2018 storm.

In this episode of ReCollections, Parks Canada’s new podcast, many voices tell the rich history of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.

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