(Unceded Territory of Lheidli T’enneh First Nation – June 21, 2021) Carrier Sekani Tribal Council wishes its members and surrounding communities a joyous National Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Today marks the 25th anniversary of what was once known as National Aboriginal Day.
This day falls in the midst of two other important cultural markers; National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month. Given the cultural reverence of this time and in respect for Two-Spirited and other LGBTQIA+ people, we have much to celebrate. Our shared culture of acceptance, engagement and understanding is worthy of recognition on its own. As we honour National Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the midst of both National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month, we have three wonderful reasons to celebrate.
While it’s important to acknowledge our Peoples on this day, we cannot forget how much work there is still to do towards reconciliation. While this is a 25th anniversary, we as the Dakelh people have been celebrating our history since time immemorial. Every day, we can be proud of our history, our culture, our tenacity and our strength. Today is an important reminder of that fact.