Celebrating National Indigenous History Month
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and June 21, the summer solstice, is National Indigenous People’s Day. This is a time for people in Canada to come together and celebrate First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada; a time to reflect on, listen and learn from the diverse experiences and knowledge of Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.
For many Canadians, the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada was - and in some cases still is - unknown due to a history of colonization. This month and day are a time both to reflect on the past and look to the future. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the unique traditions, stories, and experiences of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada. Through listening, through understanding, and through respect, together we can elevate the voices and the strengths of the Indigenous youth, leaders, and communities in Canada.
Your dollars can make a difference, and now they will DOUBLE in impact. On June 21st, all donations will be matched by longstanding partner Sun Life up to a total of $25,000 in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day.
At Right To Play, we strive to foster safe and inclusive spaces where Indigenous children can experience belonging and engage in learning. We partner with more than 70 Indigenous communities to improve access to community-led, culturally relevant play-based programs that empower First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth to build life skills. We are committed to centering the voices of Elders and Knowledge Keepers, community partners, and youth participants to ensure the work we do is meaningful and responsive to the needs of the communities we serve. With your support, we can continue to expand our programming, develop sustainable partnerships, and help Indigenous youth to rise.
We continue to bring together community partners, corporate, institutional and government supporters and donors who are committed to creating lasting change so that future generations of children can rise to even greater heights.
Meet our Uprisers
The recent news of the discovery of 215 First Nations children's bodies at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, has left Right To Play devastated. As an ally organization, we stand in solidarity with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all other Indigenous communities in Canada. We mourn the loss of the children whose lives were taken by the same colonial system that continues to impact Indigenous peoples in Canada today. See our full statement here.
Right To Play acknowledges the historical legacies of colonization in Canada and the ways colonial systems continue to impact Indigenous peoples today. Many individuals and organizations within Canada benefit from the structures of Colonization, including NGOs and we are committed to acknowledging our role in the journey of Reconciliation.
We believe that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples have the right to connect with and celebrate their identities, culture, and community, and to be supported in this process. We recognize the struggle that many individuals and communities face in relearning and reclaiming their cultural heritage and honor our commitment to ensure that not only is no further harm done, but that these practices can be revitalized and strengthened for generations to come.
Our journey in Reconciliation is everyday