June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) looks forward to commemorating National Indigenous History Month throughout June, in recognition of the strength, long history, deep traditional knowledge and enduring presence of Indigenous Nations across the land.

These celebrations offer opportunities to recognize and learn more about the cultural diversity, resilience and distinct contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. While the month of June centres this history, this learning must continue throughout the year and across all subjects.

We invite students and families to join us throughout June using the links and resources provided below.

National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day is recognized annually on June 21. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. The Government of Canada chose June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly known as National Aboriginal Day) because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice for Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Strength Apparel Store

Get ready for this important month of recognition and celebration by ordering your apparel through our Indigenous Strength Apparel Store featuring WRDSB’s official Indigenous Strength Logo.

Indigenous Strength logo

By purchasing from the affinity apparel store, you are supporting student-led initiatives. Thank you!

This year’s Indigenous Strength apparel comes in various options including short and long sleeve t-shirts, crew neck sweatshirts, and baseball jersey.

Place your order online. There will be no extensions on the order deadline. The deadline is June 2nd at 11:55 p.m.

Learn More

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Government of Canada

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples by participating in the many activities happening across Canada.

Learn more on the Government of Canada website.

Ga’nigqhi:yo – Gbe Ìfọkànbal “Carry the Peace”: Kind Mind Family Wellness Conference

Don’t miss the Ga’nigqhi:yo – Gbe Ìfọkànbal “Carry the Peace”: Kind Mind Family Wellness Conference hosted by Healing of The Seven Generations on June 10 and 11 at Bingemans (Marshall Hall). Free for students ages 12 and up.

Resources for Caregivers and Students

The WRDSB’s Indigenous Education Branch continues to provide a variety of resources to support both students and their families.

Join the Celebration

Help us celebrate Indigenous History Month. You can share your stories and pictures with us on Twitter at @wrdsb or on Instagram at @wr_dsb using the hashtag #IndigenousWRDSB.