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, 2023

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 

National Indigenous People's Day

This National Indigenous People's Day, to celebrate and honour the culture, heritage and diversity of Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island and across SFU's campuses, Indigenous students, faculty and staff share an introduction about their cultural and geographical background.

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

Talking Stick Festival 2023

June 1 - 30 | Full Circle, SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

The 22nd annual Talking Stick Festival, themed “Summer Reverb”, brings together the idea of amplified sound and amplified voices in musical performances, similar to the star and water ripples reverberating outwards. The Talking Stick Festival celebrates diversity and inclusivity, welcoming Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Artists, and promises vibrant entertainment with a vast range of events including: a documentary screening, a theatre performance, a book launch, a Burlesque show and an immersive 4D audio performance. 

Pride at Work Canada Webinar: Advancing Two-Spirit and Indigenous Inclusion in the Workplace

June 14 | Pride at Work Canada

Through this webinar, gain the knowledge and tools needed to create a more inclusive and respectful workplace culture for 2SLGBTIQA+ Indigenous employees. Our expert presenter will provide valuable insights into the experiences of Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBQTIA+ employees and jobseekers in accessing and retaining affirming employment, and share best practices for hiring and retaining 2SLGBTQIA+ Indigenous talent.

Writing Indigenous Knowledges

June 14 | Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group and SFU Library

This workshop is intended to open up a discussion about extractive research practices, to share principles and values that can support other ways of approaching scholarly work with Indigenous Peoples and Knowledges, and provide examples of scholars whose work disrupts the status quo in beautifully anti-colonial ways. 

Reconciliation: Sisters on the path

June 15 | Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

In this conversation, CCDI brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices to reflect on what reconciliation means to them on a personal, organizational, community, and national level and how to best forge a path forward together.

Centering Indigenous Joy: A Celebration of Literature, Arts, and Creativity

June 17 | SFU Public Square

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are thrilled to co-host a celebration of Indigenous literature, art, and creativity. The evening is curated by artist and storyteller Nathan Adler and the Word Vancouver literary festival, and presented in partnership with 312 Main, City of Vancouver, Government of British Columbia, Canada Council for the Arts, Pace Accounting, UBC School of Creative Writing, and SFU Library.

Indigenous Research Methods in Action: Haida Methodology in Action

June 20 | SFU Library

Sdahl Ḵ'awaas, Lucy Bell is a Haida Nation-based scholar who upholds traditional knowledge in her graduate studies.  Lucy's PhD research on Haida museology is participatory action-based and auto-ethnographic, which are Indigenous ways of doing research. Her research methodology includes honouring Haida values of respect, truth, making it right, humour and joy. Lucy will share her Haida methodology approach.

Surrey's National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration & Wellness Event

June 21 | City of Surrey, with sponsorship from SFU 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. 

Reel Causes: #Indigeneity

June 22 | Reel Causes, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, & SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

A collection of films curated with the intention of uprooting the ideals and preconceptions placed on young Indigenous people. Through joy, community care, and resilience, we find a beautifully complex new identity that can reshape a narrative most often dominated by racist viewpoints. Come celebrate and revel in nostalgia, suspense, and abstract thinking as we delve into this series.

Peace Pipeline Short Film Screening and Artist's Talk

June 27 | SFU Health Sciences and BC CDC

Gitz Crazyboy, director, writer and actor in Peace Pipeline, discusses his satirical short film about the Enbridge 3 pipeline project. Crazyboy’s “laughtivist” approach to Indigenous resistance and environmental activism (remniscent of Borat) invites the audience to learn while they laugh, to question assumptions, and to explore what more can be done to address actions that have far-reaching impacts on our air, lands and waters, as well as on Indigenous peoples.

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 26, 2023.

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