June is National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity for everyone to celebrate Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples. Six senators share their thoughts on what it means to them.
Senator Michelle Audet
Indulge your senses with Indigenous culture during National Indigenous History Month. See traditional and contemporary First His People artworks by artists such as Tivietok, who hails from the same village as the Governor-General of Canada, Kangi Kush Arjuac. Let yourself be enchanted by the sounds of Elisapie, Scott-Pien Picard, or raps like Samian and his Q-052. Indulge in unique scents such as Sequoia and Aqua Nature essential oils. Indulge your taste buds at Sagamité’s table or with Délices Boréales’ Inuit herbal his tea collection. Read books by Naomi Fontaine, Michel Jean, Jean Suey and more. Visiting an indigenous community and participating in a pow wow is a great way to discover their rich heritage.
Tasting, reading, listening, smelling, observing and sharing are all ways to discover other cultures.
Senator Dan Christmas
National Indigenous History Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to not only learn about the rich heritage of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, but also to inspire individuals to achieve true reconciliation between this country and First Nations, Métis and Inuit. It’s an opportunity to contribute.
Our story is rock solid, and it predates Canada by thousands of years. It’s a fascinating journey full of moments of inspiration, peace and friendship, intertwined with tragedy, grief, pain and heartbreak. and her grandmother.
The key to achieving this is that we all share stories, learn the truth about our past, commit to being part of a shared future, benefit Indigenous peoples and the fabric of Canadian society. Working with them to validate their role in…with dignity and respect.
To learn more about Canada’s Indigenous history, read the 2019 report of the Senate Aboriginal Peoples Commission. how did we get hereA concise and candid account of the history of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada.
Senator Brian Francis
National Indigenous History Month celebrates and celebrates the strength, beauty and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. That we are still here after centuries of forced assimilation and other forms of genocide is a testament to our continued resistance and resilience. encourages our brothers and sisters to take pride in who we are, where we come from and what we do. We invite you to learn more about our history and our relationship with and treatment of the Indigenous, Métis and Inuit peoples and to take responsibility. We must actively work together to bring about tangible change and build stronger relationships with each other and with the land. Msit No’kmaq.
Senator Marty Klein
Each year, National Indigenous History Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate our history, heritage and diversity. It is a time of reflection, a time of learning, and a time of honoring those who came before us.
Indigenous history is Canada’s history, and the path to reconciliation is a commitment to each other, a commitment to the welfare and protection of animals, a commitment to the life-supporting land and its amazing ecosystems, and a commitment to respect for humanity. is an integral part of shaping the future of this country in affirming its commitment to The diversity of cultures, rituals and languages that make this country unique and a great place to live and coexist.
Indigenous youth today have a key role in helping us all understand the importance of celebrating our past. shaping the future of Only with a full understanding of our past can they build a better tomorrow. I encourage all Canadians to celebrate Indigenous History Month and learn more about our common heritage.
Senator Patti Lovecan-Benson
June is National Indigenous History Month. Not only is it an opportunity for all Canadians to learn how colonial history impacted Indigenous peoples, but also the many important contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada’s economic, political, social and cultural fabric. It is also an opportunity to better understand the An opportunity for all Canadians to participate in one of the hundreds of community celebrations marking Indigenous Peoples Day on 21 June to experience and celebrate the survival and revival of Indigenous cultures and languages. Hope to have
Senator Mary Jane McCallum
I wanted to share a few moments in my life that illustrate the history of the role and importance of voice.
A voice was one of the first liberties taken from a former boarding school student. This happened both literally and figuratively. Literally my language was forcibly removed from me and the other students. We were forced to communicate in languages we did not know or understand. A language that is not our own. After that, we were punished if we were caught speaking in our mother tongue. Because of this foreign language imposition, I existed in a voiceless vacuum.
Metaphorically speaking, I lost my voice because I was stripped of my self-determination and autonomy when I entered boarding school. I was instructed how to dress, how to behave, how to think. My voice, as my identity and as a symbol of my agency, has been silenced. How was the effect?
The consequences of having a voice or not having a voice are profound. Your voice contains your dreams, thoughts, actions, goals and ideas. You can see your voice in your clothes, the way you tie your hair, and the way you take your posture. The voice can be powerful, like a compliment or a rebuke, or softer, like a thank you or an embarrassment.
When I allow myself to limit my voice, I am allowing myself to limit my thoughts, ideas, brilliance and spirituality.
What message am I sending to young people? Don’t let anyone, including loved ones, limit the autonomy and power of your voice. Because being bold comes with creativity and genius. Now is the time to confidently and proudly make your voice heard so we can know and celebrate your creativity and talent.