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, 2024

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

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 

Upholding Truth and Reconciliation: SFU What's Next

Earlier this year, SFU launched a new strategy to establish a shared vision, purpose and values for SFU, as well as four priorities that will form our framework for action moving forward: uphold Truth and Reconciliation, engage in global challenges, make a difference for B.C. and transform the SFU experience.

SFU recognizes and honours the title and rights of Indigenous people as stated in UNDRIP and we respect and partner with the host Indigenous Nations on which our campuses are located. We have the responsibility to illuminate the truth of Indigenous people in Canada and around the world and to begin to chart a path of Reconciliation. We will embrace this critical and complex call, striving to create a strong and safe sense of belonging for all Indigenous people to discover and unlock their gifts.

Attend an Event

CCDI & IW present: Succession planning for Indigenous professionals in Canadian workplaces

June 4 | Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and Indigenous Works

In this session, hear from a panel of Indigenous experts as they share their insights and experiences on navigating pathways to leadership within Canadian workplaces. From identifying key challenges to discussing effective strategies, our panelists will explore how organizations can implement robust succession planning frameworks that support and retain Indigenous talent and demonstrate their commitment to inclusivity and reconciliation.

Indigenous Voices Showcase

June 8 | Vancouver Public Library

A special author reading showcasing the Indigenous Voices Awards. Learn more about the awards from SFU Professor Deanna Reder (English, Indigenous Studies) and hear from guest readers, Brandi Bird, Selina Boan, and Samantha Nock.

Indigenous Peoples Month Lunch

June 18 | SFU Indigenous Student Centre and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Association

Students, faculty and staff who self-identify as Indigenous at SFU are invited to enjoy a meal and network with amazing Indigenous folks. Feast on salmon, bison, chili and bannock breakfast sandwiches from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Study. Registration not required.

Surrey's National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration & Wellness Event

June 21 | City of Surrey

Hosted by Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations, this event is 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.

Indigenous Peoples Day at the SFU Dining Commons

June 21 | SFU Food

Chef Steph Baryluk and the Rooted program present a special menu in honour of Indigenous Peoples Day, including four brand new menu items. Along with each dish, you’ll find educational resources and personal notes from Chef Steph about the dishes or ingredients used and their cultural significance.

Take the annual OAP Ultimate National Indigenous Day quiz

Are you ready to test your knowledge of all things Indigenous? Take the annual Ultimate National Indigenous Peoples Month Quiz and you’ll be entered to win a gift card. There are categories for children and adults. The quiz is open until 12:00 PM PST, June 22, 2024.

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