Senator Daniel Christmas
Indigenous nations have a rich and underappreciated story to share. Aboriginal History Month is a great means of shining a light on the wonderful tapestry of stories from among historical Indigenous Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
Learning about the broader history of Aboriginal peoples, and their stories over the ages long before first contact with Europeans, makes us richer as a nation, deepening our understanding of one another.
Greater knowledge leads to wisdom and is critical component to truth and reconciliation. Achieving understanding of the truth and working towards reconciliation with the past is a means of bettering our future.
There are many ways to celebrate Aboriginal History Month. Visit regional museums and look for exhibits about both historical and contemporary achievements within Canada’s Indigenous communities.
Check provincial tourism websites to learn more about Aboriginal tourism. Above all, visit Indigenous communities. Enjoy their local entertainment, cuisine and hospitality. Take part in your local community’s celebration of National Aboriginal Day on June 21st.
Get to know Indigenous culture and the vibrant, diverse nature of the Aboriginal community. You’ll be glad you did.