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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day 2020

Text graphic that reads: Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2020

Indigenous Peoples Day generally involves plenty of live events, celebrations, talks and gatherings. Of course, during COVID-19, most of these events have been cancelled, but the celebration continues – in many cases virtually. Here, we’ve collected some events, reads, films, resources, and more to help you celebrate, and also to engage and go deeper on expanding knowledge, awareness and understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, histories and issues.

Indigenous Cultural Safety Collective webinar series: 10 webinars and counting covering topics like racism in health, critical race theory, and the health impacts of anti-Indigenous racism

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, and post-training modules like “From Bystander to Ally” and “Unpacking our Colonial Relationship”: Email Leresha Lickers, llickers@iphcc.ca for info.

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival: Livestream the virtual edition of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, until June 21.

Film: Documentaries and film are important media for learning about the diverse histories and complex issues faced by FNIM. Check out this list for some good places to start: Reel Injun (trailer); Smoke Signals (trailer); Colonization Road (full documentary); 50 Years of Indigenous-Made Cinema: A Celebration (article); Reel Canada catalogue of Indigenous Made Films

Podcasts: Check out this list of podcasts for their speakers, interviews and insights: Media IndigenaNative CurrentsRyan McMahon’s Red Man LaughingAll My RelationsThe Jig Is UpHomies ChattingMissing and Murdered: Finding CleoThis LandCoffee With My Ma.

Comedy: This episode of CBC Radio’s Unreserved from January brings together Indigenous comedians and satirists for almost an hour of learning through laughter.

Review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. No. 18-24 focus on health. It’s only by knowing and living these calls that we can hold our leaders and each other to account for them. Looking to go deeper on the TRC’s work? Here’s the full executive summary report.

Music: Art that appeals directly to the heart while also teaching us can be a powerful way to learn, and to understand others. Check out this list of Indigenous musicians across many genres to start your exploration.

Books, books and more books: We love to read and we know you do, too. Here’s a great list from CBC Books of 35 Indigenous authors and important reads that includes audio clips of many of the reads.

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