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Commemorating National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month in Canada features events and celebrations. Check your local area for what's planned.
Celebrate Indigenous culture this month by learning about native species of trees and shrubs in Treaty Six Territory. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

June 1 marks the start of National Indigenous History Month in Canada. Formally declared in 2009, the month encourages Canadians to take time to learn about the history, heritage, resiliency and diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

In Edmonton, the City is continuing its support of local Indigenous organizations and communities by highlighting a list of locally organized events, sharing learning resources, and many more activities being offered during the month.

On June 4, an Indigenous History Month launch event will take place in partnership with the City’s Root for Trees program. All residents are invited to celebrate Indigenous culture by learning about how Indigenous knowledge connects with nature, including the native species of trees and shrubs in Treaty Six Territory. The celebration will include tree planting, seedling giveaways, and Indigenous-led entertainment and knowledge sharing.

To browse through the event listings and resources in Edmonton for National Indigenous History Month, visit

Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson said in a statement, “National Indigenous History Month is an important time of year to learn about the history and rich cultures of Indigenous Peoples in Alberta. 

“Instead of the friendships and alliances expected through trade and Treaty, they met racism and attempts at being assimilated. Through it all, Indigenous ceremonies, traditions and ways of life have endured. We see this throughout Alberta, from the medicine wheel to the use of tobacco and smudging.

“We must also remember the strong, vibrant and rich Indigenous cultures that have stretched across Alberta for centuries. They hold meaning and value, and will not be extinguished.

“This year, share the pride of the more than 258,000 First Nations and Métis people and Inuit in Alberta.

“Follow Alberta’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations on Facebook every weekday in June for posts that honour Indigenous people and history.

“Let’s continue to learn, celebrate and to build stronger relationships together.”

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