On Monday, June 21, 2021, the City of Toronto presented a virtual event to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, while following COVID-19 restrictions and public health guidance. It will coincide with a Sunrise Ceremony led by Elders Jimmy Dick and Marie Gaudet, which will not be filmed due to its sacred and personal nature.

Watch the 2021 virtual Sunrise Ceremony.

The virtual National Indigenous Peoples Day event honours Indigenous traditions and culture, while providing an opportunity for community healing. It includes:

  • A virtual tour of the Sunrise Ceremony space, guided by Elders Jimmy Dick and Marie Gaudet who explain the importance of the ceremony and its traditions.
  • Song from hand drummer Folashade Kortee
  • A message from Chief R. Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • Greetings from Mayor John Tory
The Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, proclaimed June 21, 2021 as National Indigenous Peoples Day. Read the Official Proclamation.

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, in 2017 the City had the Indigenous flags permanently installed on Nathan Phillips Square. In the past we have marked the day around a sacred flame, 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.

Sunrise ceremony
2019 Sunrise Ceremony