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.
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"
Special thank you and acknowledgement to KNIPD founding members include:
Special thank you and acknowledgment to former KNIPD Committee members:
Thank you to the 2018 Committee Members (in alphabetical order):