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.
Proclamations in the City of Kingston for the formerly National Aboriginal Month started in Kingston by Paul Carl 2011, and has since been offering opportunities for community to cast their vote for which organization this year will receive the Indigenous Peoples Month Proclamation at the June 21st National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Thus far, including:
2011: Katarokwi Alternative School
2012: Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre
2013: Weeneebayko Patient Services | Hotel Dieu Hospital
2014: Metis Nation of Ontario
2015: Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre
2016: South East Regional Cancer Program
2017: Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy/HIV AIDS Regional Services - HARS
2018 - Kingston Indigenous Language Nest
Formerly known as Kingston National Aboriginal Day, the Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day (KNIPD) committee, founded by Deb Kinder, Jolie Brant, and Georgina Riel, 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 former members including: Deb Kinder, Jolie Brant, Georgina Riel, Kim Graham, Laura Maracle, Melissa Maracle, Jayme Blondin
Thank you to the current 2018/2019 Committee Members :