Philpott celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

For more than two decades, June 21 has been a day for all Canadians to celebrate and highlight the unique heritage, diverse cultures and immeasurable contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in the development and shaping of this great country.

June 21 marks the first National Indigenous Peoples Day. The path behind us has been marked by many generations of social and political structures that neglected and discriminated against Indigenous peoples. Yet, First Nations, Inuit and Métis persevered, demonstrating the resilience and dignity of first peoples in Canada. The way forward includes ensuring that Indigenous peoples have the opportunities, space, and respect they deserve, in order to heal spirits, revitalize cultures, and exercise rights.

The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services and Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs issued a joint statement today about National Indigenous Peoples Day. The full statement is available on the Internet at


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