On June 1, 2023, Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie proclaimed June as Indigenous Peoples Month.
Indigenous Peoples Month is a time to learn, reflect, and celebrate the diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit across Tkaronto and all of Turtle Island.
Indigenous Peoples Month reminds us to consider the unique needs of the Indigenous peoples in all of the work that we do. We must listen to their voices and stories and partner with them to help guide us in our work moving forward.
Throughout the month, all Canadians can learn about the history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and further embrace the opportunity to learn more about their identities. This month is also a time to celebrate the resilience of all Indigenous peoples, their vibrant and distinct cultures, and their beautiful languages.
This month is also an opportunity to acknowledge and honour the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ people, family members, friends and survivors and the communities who support them, including their central role in the ongoing fight for justice. It’s also a time to remember the unmarked graves that were uncovered at residential schools in Canada. The City is committed to honouring them and their memory as it continues to advance truth, justice and reconciliation, guided by the Reconciliation Action Plan.
The City of Toronto encourages all residents to take time to educate themselves about Indigenous histories, strengths, and contributions.
Here are some ways to participate in Indigenous Peoples Month: