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Proclamation: Indigenous Heritage Month and Indigenous Peoples Day
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)
June is National Indigenous Heritage Month, and National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated annually on June 21.
In collaboration with and generously supported by the
Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team from the
Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, the City of Barrie celebrates the heritage, diverse cultures, and significant contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples virtually on National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021.
We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century.
We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.
The City posted on the following cultural sharing opportunities on
June 20, 7pm
Theland Kicknosway kicked off this virtual event on the eve of summer solstice with an LED hoop dance. As the longest day of the year, Indigenous peoples have celebrated summer solstice for thousands of years.
Theland is an Indigenous youth advocate, traditional singer, drummer, dancer, activist and influencer who uses his platform to showcase Indigenous culture. He is Wolf Clan from the Potawatomi and Cree Nation and is a member of Walpole Island, Bkejwanong Territory. He has over 400,000 followers on TikTok (@the_land), over 90,000 on Instagram (@the_landk), and is currently biking across the prairies to eastern Ontario to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People.
June 20, 8:30am
Begin National Indigenous Peoples Day with Elder Jeff Monague, Knowledge Keeper Chris Walser (Traditional Healing Coordinator from the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team), and Mayor Jeff Lehman.
June 21, 11am
Theland Kicknosway will share an honour song created by him.
June 21, 3pm
Brenda Smart is originally from Tyendinaga Mohawk First Nations Territory and she grew up surrounded by music with a legacy of fiddling passed down from her grandfather. Brenda will share some of her favourite tunes accompanied by her son, Michael.
June 21, 5pm
On the morning of June 21st, Eagle Flight Singers went out on Kempenfelt Bay to bring healing songs to the community for National Indigenous Peoples Day. The drum represents Mother Earth's heartbeat, connecting all living things and bringing people together.
Special thanks to
Red Quills, Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team, and Four Points by Sheraton Barrie for making this possible - and of course, Eagle Flight Singers. Chi miigwetch!
Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin: Primary Care Team honours Indigenous wellness through culturally grounded, collaborative primary health care. Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin means “everyone helps" which comes from the vision of seeing many people around an individual supporting them by holding them in their hands – together, the hands help keep the individual straight and tall.
Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC): BANAC serves as a regional social health and planning organization functioning as an incubator of ideas in areas where a strong regional voice is needed. Their current initiatives include Indigenous community development in the areas of childcare, health planning, social development, and support to seniors and families.
Red Quills delivers cultural sharing and provides services to non-Indigenous sectors to build meaningful relationships with the Indigenous community through partnership and joint ventures. The road to reconciliation is knowing the Indigenous history of Simcoe County and understanding each other through the rich Indigenous culture of this area.
BPL created a
virtual hub where you can learn about Indigenous history, culture, and people throughout National Indigenous Heritage Month. Resources and programming include reading recommendations for both adults and children, book chats, family activities and storytime, National Film Board short film screenings, mental health and wellness resources, and more.
The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery with a permanent collection of contemporary Canadian art. Their featured artwork for the month of June is
Soul Floating in Cosmic Sea by Anishinaabe artist Norval Morriseau.
In addition to the links above, below are other resources to help you learn about Indigenous peoples, culture, and heritage on your journey in reconciliation:
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