About Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly National Aboriginal Day)

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD), formerly National Aboriginal Day. This is a day of cultural significance for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

The City of Toronto has been raising the Indigenous flags since before amalgamation in 1998, and in 2017 the City had the Indigenous flags permanently installed on Nathan Phillips Square. Typically, the day is marked around a sacred fire, strawberries, water and the use of sage for cleansing followed by the Mayor’s proclamation and presentation to a representative, as well as the involvement of treaty partners. Learn more about sunrise ceremonies.

Sunrise ceremony
2019 Sunrise Ceremony