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Celebrating National Indigenous People Day in 2024

Celebrating National Indigenous People Day 2024

National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21!

During National Indigenous History Month, we come together to honor the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples who have shaped Canada’s past, present, and future. Their rich cultures, ancient traditions, and profound contributions are woven into the very fabric of our nation.

Resilience: Indigenous communities have faced immense challenges throughout history, from colonization to forced assimilation. Yet, their resilience shines brightly—a testament to their strength and determination.

Connection to the Land: For Indigenous peoples, the land is more than just a physical space; it’s a living entity with stories, memories, and sacred significance. Their deep connection to the earth teaches us about stewardship and harmony.

Wisdom: Elders and knowledge keepers pass down wisdom through oral traditions, ceremonies, and art. Their teachings guide us toward understanding, compassion, and a holistic view of life.

Cultural Expressions: From intricate beadwork to mesmerizing dances, Indigenous artistry captivates hearts and minds. It’s a celebration of creativity and a bridge between generations.

Let’s Learn and Celebrate Together

Take time on June 21 to explore Indigenous history, listen to stories, and engage with Indigenous-led initiatives. Together, we can build a more inclusive and respectful Canada—one that values diversity and honors the land we share.

Remember, every day is an opportunity to learn, grow, and appreciate the beautiful mosaic of cultures that make up our world. Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Indigenous People’s Day Spotlight | Meet Linda Almon


Friday, June 21, is recognized as National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada and is a day for all Canadians to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across the country. In addition to our Indigenous Employees Network and Allies ERG here at Western, we have many team members company-wide who have been doing wonderful work within that space.

Linda Almon is an ally who is the embodiment of our Indigenous ERG’s strategy of Allyship in Action. Having recently participated in an effort to hang dresses on Red Dress Day (May 5), Linda plans to attend at least one pow wow over the next few months, documenting her experience and sharing what she’s learned with us in September as part of our National Day for Truth and Reconciliation work.

“The powwow has become a way that Native American people representing all tribal backgrounds can join together to share experiences, reconnect with old friends, and make new ones.” Linda wrote about the events.

“It is an opportunity to reflect on time-honored traditions while helping to educate future generations of dancers and singers. We are all connected. A celebration to be with each other and enjoy being together, strengthening the connections we have and making new ones.”