June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day – a day designated to honour and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. PRHC respectfully acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabe.
This week, our flags at PRHC continue to fly at half-mast to honour and mourn the young lives taken at Canadian residential schools.
PRHC is committed to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities and further educating ourselves about true Canadian history. We encourage everyone to make use of the resources below to learn more about the history and heritage of diverse Indigenous cultures in Canada.
- Amplify Indigenous voices: Read and share this open letter and call to action from Hiawatha First Nation Council and Citizens.
- Learn about the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples:
- Have you heard about the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and the 94 calls to action? The NCTR provides education and dialogue on the truths of the Canadian residential school system and how it shaped the country we live in today. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) created a report outlining 94 calls to action urging all levels of government to work together to change policies and programs in an effort to address the ongoing impacts of residential schools on survivors and their families. The TRC office has closed, and this work has been transferred to NCTR.
- Explore this curated selection of Indigenous films.
- Expand your reading library with a selection of books by Indigenous writers curated by Cree author David A. Robertson.
- Take this free online course on Indigenous Canada from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.
For more information: