On National Indigenous Peoples Day, United Way Centraides in communities across the country honour the heritage, cultures, leadership and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

While this is a day for celebration, it occurs against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under normal circumstances, we would encourage you to seek out and join a local celebration in your community. This year, we encourage you to recognize National Indigenous People’s Day from the safety of your own home.

Live-stream the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival Virtual Edition.

Listen to Indigenous music and podcasts.

Watch Indigenous films.

Celebrate outstanding First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals by watching the 2020 Indspire Awards broadcast.

Include Indigenous authors on your summer reading list #IndigenousReads

Personal acts of reconciliation

Reconciliation is an important part of celebrating National Indigenous People’s Day. On an individual basis, there are many ways we can take action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. This blog by CBC offers a few simple ways individuals can take conscious steps toward Reconciliation.

An opportunity to thank our partners

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Indigenous organizations and leaders have worked closely with United Ways and Centraides to help ensure service delivery to vulnerable people in Indigenous communities. Ottawa’s Inuuqatigiit – Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families; Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre; Calgary’s Miskanawah; and Friendship Centres across Canada have played pivotal roles in providing COVID-19 support services to Indigenous peoples. We value our partnership with these and many other Indigenous-led organizations.

United Way Centraide Canada is a proud signatory to the Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action – a commitment to sharing our network, voice and resources to include and benefit Indigenous peoples. By playing our part on the path to reconciliation, we can all help to build a stronger, more inclusive Canada. However, we recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done.