National Aboriginal History Month, which falls in June, provides an opportunity for all Canadians, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to explore the history of Canada’s first peoples. For those who have made this land their home, whether 300 years ago or just last month, it is important to learn about the history, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

It is fundamental that we know the reasons for and origins of a day like this. Reading about these societal issues allows us to better evolve as a society. It is important to recognize that people in these communities have had a difficult past and we need to help one another, show support and eliminate the discrimination they have suffered in recent years. It is for these reasons that UCTE wants to take the time to celebrate the diversity, strength and resilience of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and the Aboriginal stories that continue to impact our world.

Here are some stories from the past:

The Red Brick Building — A True Story of Residential Schools in Canada

Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women, Girls and 2E+ People

Pretenders: those who falsely claim Aboriginal identity

Systemic Racism

Red Dress Day