About Us


In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

June is National Aboriginal History Month. This started in 2009 with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons.    

 On 21 June 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement pledging to rename the event National Indigenous Peoples Day. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde supported the proposed change, called it an "important step," citing the terminology used in the landmark United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

In Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Formerly known as Kingston National Aboriginal Day, the Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day (KNIPD) committee organizes a community celebration on June 21st each year on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee: Kingston, Ontario, Canada.   In addition, KNIPD hosts, collaborates, and supports a growing list of other events throughout the year. Please visit "Services & Events"

The Committee

Special thank you and acknowledgement to KNIPD founding members include:

  • Deb Kinder (HIV/AIDS Regional Services)
  • Jolie Brant (Kingston Interval House)
  • Georgina Riel (RIEL Cultural Consulting)

Special thank you and acknowledgment to former KNIPD Committee members:

  • Deb Kinder (HIV/AIDS Regional Services)
  • Laura Maracle (Queen's University Four Directions)
  • Melissa Maracle (Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy)

Thank you to the 2018 Committee Members (in alphabetical order):

  • Bianca Maschi (HIV/AIDS Regional Services)
  • Fran Chaisson (Prisoners for Justice Day)
  • Kim Graham (Sexual Assault Centre Kingston)
  • Georgina Riel (RIEL Cultural Consulting)
  • Jolie Brant (Kingston Interval House)
  • Kim Sutherland Mills (Kingston Frontenac Public Library)
  • Lorie Young (Turning Bear)
  • Lynda Gerow Brinklow (Kingston Indigenous Language Nest)
  • Samantha Alkenbrack (Metis Nations of Ontario)
  • Stephone Covert (SLC Student Placement)
  • Tricia Knowles (Tricia Knowles Arts Promotions)
  • Yessica Rivera Belsham (Ollin)