2020 National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Each year Wolf Creek Public Schools partners with the Ponoka Jubilee Library to host a celebration for National Indigenous Peoples Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have moved to an online celebration of learning, and sharing of history, culture and resources. 

A five-day video series was developed and additional resources gathered to recongize this day. Please view and check out all the videos and resouces linked below. 

 

Nine Things You Should Know

Join us in celebrating the many accomplishments and contributions of Indigenous people in Canada. Watch this short video about Nine Things to Know About National Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Macleans Magazine presents: What it feels like to dance at a powwow.

First Nations

Join us in watching this short video on First Nations history and culture.

Four Directions Project

At Ponoka Secondary Campus, an exciting learning program for grade 7 students called ‘Darkspark’ took place from October 15-19, 2018. Over the week students created powerful art by assisting them in conceptualizing, writing and recording pop songs about how colonial history affects them, their families and communities. The instructors on this team sensitively and skillfully facilitated students creating songs for change and healing that teach, reclaim and reconcile colonial history, which is still very much a part of Canada's present. 

DARKSPARK | Four Directions - Ponoka, AB from DARKSPARK on Vimeo.

Métis

Join us in watching this short video that speaks to the rich history and culture of Métis people. Explore many resources and videos at wolfcreek.ab.ca. Photo credits include: H. S. Spence, Canada. Department of Mines and Technical Surveys. Library and Archives Canada, PA-014406, Métis Jiggers. 

Parks Canada Video: Stories of Growing Up Métis

Explore Métis culture through hearing a story. Sharing a rich history from their past and today, Métis people are preserving culture through stories told through each generation.

Inuit

Join us in celebrating the culture, accomplishments and contributions of Inuit people in Canada. Join us in watching this short video to learn more.

Inuit throat-singing sisters from Canada

Karin and Kathy Kettler, the Canadian throat-singing sisters who together are known as Nukariik, carry on the traditions of the elders from their mothers' village in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, which is located in northern Quebec. (Anchorage Daily News)

Spotlight on filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk

Wolf Creek’s Commitment and Resources

Join us across Wolf Creek in celebrating and learning more about programs and resources across our Division.

Wolf Creek has more resources and information
on programming on this website at:

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Success 

Additional Celebrations

Randal Moonias: Be Proud

Kiya Bruno, 13, from the Samson Cree Nation in Alberta sang a bilingual version of O Canada, partly in Cree, at a Toronto Blue Jays game, last June.

 

 

More to explore

11 Ways to Virtually Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020 celebrations are among the many events that have been cancelled due to the pandemic. We didn’t want you to miss out so we’ve compiled a list of 10 activities you can enjoy at home.

Here are some suggestions for celebrating, learning, listening and laughing.

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A Brief Timeline of the History of Indigenous Relations in Canada

National Indigenous Peoples History Month is a time to acknowledge the history of Indigenous relations and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Reconciliation, in part, means learning about the past in order to understand the present, and with that understanding, contribute to creating a better future for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. Read more > > >

 

National Indigenous History Month - Why it’s important

June is National Indigenous History Month - a time for all Canadians - Indigenous, non-Indigenous and newcomers - to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. It’s important to keep in mind that First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples each have their own unique histories. And within each group, there are distinct histories. Read more >>>

 

Celebrate 21 Indigenous Athletes for National Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous athletes often face tremendous difficulties beyond the rigours of training for their sport. They are frequently from geographically and economically challenged home communities which means access to elite training facilities and resources for training and travelling for training can be limited. During national and international competitions, they can be subjected to institutionalized racism and stereotyping. Read more > > >