National Indigenous Peoples Month
For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near June 21 due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
The Indigenous community at SFU has also begun to recognize “National Indigenous Peoples Month” rather than “National Indigenous History Month” as typically observed in June, for a more meaningful representation of what is celebrated. “The word ‘history’ can perpetuate the common misconception that Indigenous peoples are only in the past, however, this is not the case as we are still around today,” shares the Indigenous Student Centre. “The use of National Indigenous Peoples Month is intended to better encapsulate not only our history, but present-day culture and knowledges.”
This past June, SFU joined communities across Canada to honour the history, culture, resilience and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and all that they bring to SFU and the world.