Canoo invites you to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Month!

National Indigenous Peoples Month helps Canadians to recognize and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.  National Indigenous Peoples Day falls on June 21, the summer solstice, because the summer solstice as the longest day of the year holds significance for many Indigenous people.

There are a number of activities and events happening on June 21 and throughout June to celebrate this special month, some of which are listed in this newsletter and many of which are free to the public or free with Canoo. Take advantage of these opportunities to learn about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, Indigenous contributions to Canada, reconciliation and more.

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Month!

Anja
Membership Officer, Canoo

1. Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (Whistler, BC)
2. Portage College Museum of Aboriginal Art and Artifacts (Lac La Biche, AB)
3. Southwold Earthworks National Historic Site (Iona, ON)
4. Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum (Mount Brydges, ON)
5. Metis Crossing (Smoky Lake, AB)
6. Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (Vancouver, BC) [pictured]

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Parks Canada
On Friday, June 21, celebrate this special day with Parks Canada at one of their events happening across the country. Visit Pukaskwa National Park to learn about Anishinaabe culture; experience the pow wow at Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site’s Algonquin festival; drop-in to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site for a variety of on-site activities and demonstrations; and much more. Visit gc.ca/en/voyage-travel for more information.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations
On Thursday, June 20, Arts Commons is proud to host National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations in Calgary with a free mini pow wow featuring traditional drumming, song and dance, and free Early Years Drop-In workshops. Families with children are invited to join Cree Ojibwe Metis Singer and Drummer Chantal Stormsong Chagnon as she teaches traditional Indigenous songs. In the afternoon, Fancy Shawl Dancer Shirley Hill (Anatsipi’kssaakii – Pretty Sound Bird Woman) will share the stories and history of the regalia and movements of some of the dances of the mini pow wow. For more details visit artscommons.ca/NIPD2019

Na-Me-Res Annual Traditional Pow Wow
Join Na-Me-Res and Fort York for Toronto’s Annual Traditional Pow Wow in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day and the Summer Solstice on June 21, 2019. The day-long event includes a Sunrise Ceremony, a Grand Entry (12 noon), craft vendors, and a community feast to end the day. After the pow wow, stay for an evening concert featuring the best in contemporary Indigenous music. [Photo: M. Renwick / Toronto Star]

The First People’s Gallery at the ROM is free, always
Did you know that the First People’s Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is free and open to the public year-round? National Indigenous Peoples Month is the perfect time to take advantage of this free access and learn more about the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

AGO now free for visitors 25 and under
See the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Collection and all special exhibitions for free, anytime! As of May 25, 2019, visitors aged 18-25 can sign up for a free AGO Annual Pass, which offers a full year of unlimited access to the AGO Collection and all special exhibitions. Visitors 17 and under do not require the Annual Pass and can visit for free anytime with an adult. Learn more on the AGO’s website.

Meet Pham Qhang
Previous member Pham Qhang first came to Canada in May 2011 from Vietnam, and received his citizenship on June 1, 2018. As a father of two children, Pham enjoyed using Canoo to explore and discover Canada. “[Canoo] has given me the incentives to travel and feel a part of this great nation. I am blessed and proud to be a Canadian,” he says.  Read more here.

Attend a citizenship ceremony this month
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship invites you to attend a citizenship ceremony hosted by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners. Every month, we co-host ceremonies across the country in public spaces that you can attend as a guest for free. Celebrate with us at some of our upcoming ceremonies:
Neeginan Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m.
2. UBC First Nations Longhouse in Vancouver on Tuesday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m.
3. Community Centre Fort Macleod on Tuesday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m.
4. Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre on Thursday, June 20 at 11:15 a.m.

6 Degrees returning to Toronto!
6 Degrees, the global forum on inclusion presented by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, is coming back to Toronto this fall. Mark your calendars for September 25-25. Tickets will be released soon at http://6degreesto.com

Join the #CelebrateCitizenship Challenge
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship is challenging Canadian companies to give their employees paid time off to attend their citizenship ceremonies. A recent poll found that 8 in 10 Canadians support giving the time off. Do you agree? Add your voice.