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National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21


Monday June 21, 2021 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.  It is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. 

Due to COVID, the Government of Canada invites all to commemorate this year’s National Indigenous History Month  and National Indigenous People’s Day from home.


Here you will find topics of note, videos, and ways to celebrate and honour the day as individuals, families and groups.


From the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council:


Prayer for Tolerance, Forgiveness, Reconciliation

O God, Creator and Father of all,

with humility we your children acknowledge the relationship of all living things.

For this we thank you, we praise you and we worship you.


We call on you, Great Mystery, the Word made Flesh

 – our teacher, prophet and brother –

to open our hearts to all our brothers and sisters,

 and with them to grow in the wisdom, honesty, courage and

respectfulness shown in The Sacred Teachings.


Give us the vision and honesty to recognize

that the we are all brothers and sisters of one human family,

created and sustained by the One Creator.

As we deal with many challenges, may we never give way to fear and anger, which can be the source of division and threat amongst peoples.


We look to how God always gives to us,

 as a remedy for sins of prejudice and intolerance.

We see in God the Creator of all things,

One who always provides and is generous

 – even given the abuses we have heaped on one another and on the earth.


We see in the Son, Jesus Christ

– the innocent Victim who pours His life blood out from the Cross for all peoples. 


We see how the Holy Spirit is God’s gift,

alive in our world today

– inspiring vision and hope that we can have

the same mind and heart of God!


May Your Spirit bless the souls

who died at the Kamloops residential school

and all souls who died at residential schools.


May this same Spirit also bring blessing and healing

to all families and communities affected in any way by the schools.


O Creator, show us the way to healing,

forgiveness and reconciliation

and a renewed fellowship.



June is National Indigenous History Month.

See below to learn of the visual elements used this year.

Communications Officer, Diocese of Antigonish