Islanders to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

Islanders are encouraged to learn more about the culture, history and heritage of the PEI Mi’kmaq and Indigenous peoples on Prince Edward Island.

"National Indigenous Peoples Day is a time to reflect on the importance, the deep roots, and the incredible contributions of all Indigenous peoples across Canada," said Chief Bernard of Lennox Island First Nation. "This day gives us the opportunity to be recognized - to be seen, to be heard, and celebrated. It's an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with our allies."

"It is essential to take this day and learn about Indigenous peoples, our history and way of life, our language and culture," added Chief Gould of Abegweit First Nation. "It is my hope that we not only celebrate and appreciate Indigenous peoples today, but every day."

Since 1996, June 21 marks a particular day on which Canadians and Islanders can come together to celebrate the history, diverse cultures and accomplishments of First Nations, Inuit and Metis People across the country and in Prince Edward Island. 

One month ago, heritage signs were placed in nine locations across Prince Edward Island to highlight Mi’kmaq origin or the importance to the Mi’kmaq people of the community’s name. These signs are located in Tignish, Portage, Crapaud, Tracadie, Borden, Fox River, North River, Panmure Island and the Grand/Ellis River in Day’s Corner. These will now become permanent fixtures as a continued celebration of Mi’kmaq history and the Province’s commitment to meaningful reconciliation.

“It is a historical time in Canada and in PEI right now. National Indigenous Peoples Day reminds us all to be thoughtful about our relationship with Indigenous peoples and to continue in the spirit of reconciliation on our shared path into the future” said Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island. “On this special day of celebration and learning, I encourage all Islanders to reflect on the active role we all need to play in making our province the very best it can be.”

To learn more about how the Province works with PEI Mi’kmaq, visit the Indigenous Relations Secretariat.

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Vicki Tse
Executive Council of Prince Edward Island

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