The National Indigenous Peoples Month graphic is a collection of artifacts with strong cultural significance that represent the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Turtle Island (Canada). Description of artifacts: The drum, woven cedar hat and headband represent First Nations peoples; The Inuksuk represents Inuit; The woven sash represents Métis peoples.

National Indigenous Peoples Month

June 01, 2022

June is National Indigenous Peoples Month, and June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day.  

This year, across the university we honour the history, culture, resilience and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples to SFU and across Canada.

Find a guide to events, resources, stories and ways to get connected below. 

Be sure to check this page throughout the month as we add new events and additional updates.

Why National Indigenous Peoples Month?

Our Indigenous community at SFU has begun to recognize the month of June as “National Indigenous Peoples Month” rather than “National Indigenous History Month,” as this is a more meaningful representation of what we are celebrating. 

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. The use of National Indigenous Peoples Month is intended to better encapsulate not only our history, but present-day culture and knowledges. We use this time to celebrate the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. 

While this language is a slight departure from “National Indigenous History Month”, created by the Government of Canada, it reflects the shift in emerging terminology and recognizes the diversity across Turtle Island.

Indigenous Student Centre 

Take the 3rd annual OAP Ultimate National Indigenous Day quiz (Is now closed)

Are you ready to test your knowledge of all things Indigenous? Take the 3rd annual Ultimate National Indigenous Peoples Month Quiz and you’ll be entered to win a gift card. There are categories for children and adults. Deadline is June 29, and the winners will be announced on July 5, 2022 and posted in the next Syetsem newsletter.  Thanks to all who participated!







Attend an Event

  • Honouring Feast
    June 6 | Indigenous Student Centre (ISC)
    The ISC Honouring Ceremony is a special event for Indigenous students, held each year to honour and celebrate their degree completion at SFU.
  • Moving towards building a reconciliation action plan: Indigenous inclusion with employers
    June 7 | Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
    CCDI sits down with Indigenous Works to discuss frameworks and strategies to build more inclusive workplaces for Indigenous Peoples.
  • Brodie Douglas
    June 9 | BCCDC, SFU Faculty of Health Sciences
    Brodie Douglas, Métis historian, looks at colonialism from a Métis lens and will show why history matters when considering Métis Health.
  • Talking Stick Festival
    June 12 - July 2 | Full Circle, SFU Woodwards
    The Talking Stick Festival, now in its 21st year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. From its humble beginnings, this unique and exciting event has grown into a full two-week Festival at locations across Vancouver.
  • National Indigenous People's Month ArtsLive
    June 15 (Surrey), June 20 (Vancouver), June 23 (Burnaby) | ISC, FNMISA, SFU ArtsLive
    Join us for special performances of dance, song, traditional drumming and much more to celebrate and showcase the diversity of Indigenous peoples through arts and culture.
  • The Evolving Indigenous Relationship
    June 17 | BCCDC, SFU Faculty of Health Sciences
    Carol-Anne Hilton, author of Indigenomics, brings this presentation focusing on fundamental aspects to the changing Indigenous relationships, including Indigenous socio-economic gap, the context for reconciliation and key concepts in advancing the Indigenous relationship.
  • Decolonizing Education and Institutionalizing Indigenous Cultural Safety
    June 20 | SFU Vancouver
    In this session with educator, activist and consultant Len Pierre, examine the context for colonialism in higher education, how to address it, and embed Indigenous Cultural Safety in pedagogy, practice, and policy.
  • Surrey's National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration & Wellness Event
    June 21 | Semiahmoo First Nation, Kwantlen First Nation, Katzie First Nation, City of Surrey, SFU Surrey, SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples
    An opportunity to acknowledge and show respect and admiration for Indigenous Peoples past, present and future; to share cultural history; and to share spirit, experiences, stories, song, art and dance with each other and the community. The in-person event will include cultural sharing from the local First Nations and Nova Métis with teachings and practice through art, music, storytelling and dance.
  • My Journey as an Indigenous Biochemist - With Dr. Dustin King
    June 21 | SFU Faculty of Science
    As part of the 3rd annual Indigenous Science Speakers Series at SFU, Dr. Dustin King will speak on his experiences decolonizing STEM
  • Indigenous Voices Awards 2022
    June 21 | Indigenous Voices Awards
    A literary contest that honours the sovereignty of Indigenous creative voices and supports and nurtures the work of Indigenous writers in lands claimed by Canada, the Indigenous Voices Awards have awarded nearly $110,000 to emerging Indigenous writers over the past four years. The Indigenous Voices Awards are co-chaired by SFU professors Deanna Reder and Sophie McCall.
  • Decolonizing the Shoreline
    June 22 | SFU Centre for Dialogue
    Explore solutions for urban development and ecological revitalization in the False Creek floodplain, based on Indigenous knowledge that has defined and protected the health of our coastal waters since time immemorial, and must be re-established to navigate the conversations and ideas around adaptation to sea level rise.
  • Circling Together for Wellness: A Virtual Gathering Upholding Indigenous Knowledge
    June 23 | SFU Public Square, First Nations Health Authority
    A virtual gathering to celebrate Indigenous storytelling and explore ways of sharing Indigenous knowledge that are determined by Indigenous people and grounded in traditional, local and cultural protocols.
  • Trail Mix Nature Walk
    June 28 | ISC, FNMISA
    This Trail Mix Nature Walk is open to all members of the SFU community! Lead by Gary George, he will take folks for a walk around Lhuḵw’lhuḵw’áyten “‘where the bark gets pe[e]led’ in spring” [Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) language placename for Burnaby Mountain].
  • Indigenous Market
    June 29 | ISC, FNMISA
    The Indigenous Market is a venue for Indigenous artists, makers and entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their products. From beaded jewelry, apparel, home care, wellness and much more - the Indigenous Market will offer a little bit of something for everyone. 

Read Community Stories

Watch Engaging Speakers


Sarah Augustine: Dismantling to Rebuild, Dorothy Christian: Conversations with Indigenous Graduate Students


Sdahl K'awaas (Lucy Bell): Sterling Prize Winner, Eva Jewell: Taking Action! Speaker Series, Spry Memorial Lecture, Library Dean's Lecture, Alanaise Onischin Goodwill: President's Faculty Lecture, Indigenous, Rural & Remote Communities: Overcoming Digital Divides


An Unbroken Line: Haida Art and Culture, Tamara Starblanket: Sterling Prize Winner, Dr. Deanna Reder: President's Faculty Lecture, Heritage and Knowledge: Decolonizing the Research Process

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