National Indigenous Peoples Day

About National Indigenous Peoples Day

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada proclaimed June 21 of each year as National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Indigenous Peoples’ groups have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, discover the unique accomplishments and celebrate their outstanding contribution to Canadian society. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and significant accomplishments.

 

National Indigenous Peoples Day Events

Click image of Superintendent Lovell to view the video clip of the June 21st celebration (courtesy of Mr. Jim Wilkinson, teacher, POS)

June 21, 2018

Wolf Creek Public Schools joined with Ponoka Jubilee Library, Ponoka Parent Link and Ponoka Early Child Development Coalition to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day at Centennial Park in Ponoka. The event showcased drummers, dancers and artists who celebrated in the Cree culture.

Along with families, students from Ponoka Elementary, Ponoka Outreach and Ponoka Secondary took part in the event, which brought hundreds of people to enjoy the cultural experience. Wolf Creek was pleased to see the large turnout, "from the community and especially our schools in Wolf Creek."

Organizers of the Ponoka event, reported that the annual celebration proved festive and educational.