June is National Aboriginal History Month

In June, Canadians celebrate National Aboriginal History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of First Nations peoples in Canada.

June has long been a month of celebration and remembrance in Canada, with National Aboriginal Day on the 21st, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on the 24th, and Multiculturalism Day on the 27th.

In 2009, June was declared National Aboriginal History Month, following the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons.

National Aboriginal History Month provides an opportunity to recognize not only the historic contributions of Aboriginal peoples to the development of Canada, but also the strength of present-day Aboriginal communities and their promise for the future.

Celebrating National Aboriginal History Month in June is an important tribute to the heritage and diversity of First Nation, Inuit and M├ętis communities across Canada.

First Nations in Canada

First Nations in Canada is an educational resource designed for use by young Canadians; high school educators and students; Aboriginal communities; and anyone interested in First Nations history. Its aim is to help readers understand the significant developments affecting First Nations communities from the pre-Contact era (before the arrival of Europeans) up to the present day.

Read more about First Nations and National Aboriginal Day at the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada website.