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St. Clair Catholic Recognizes and Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

For generations, Indigenous groups across what we now know as Canada have celebrated their rich cultures on June 21, chosen for its alignment with the summer solstice—the longest day of the year. This period holds great cultural and spiritual significance, symbolizing renewal, reflection, and connection with the natural world.

National Indigenous Peoples Day, initially known as National Aboriginal Day, was proclaimed on June 21, 1996. This day honors the contributions, history, and cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across Canada, fostering understanding and appreciation among all Canadians.

St. Clair Catholic students celebrate the summer solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day through various enriching experiences, including learning about the solstice and Strawberry Moon, engaging with Indigenous art and music, and celebrating together. These activities provide hands-on ways to connect with Indigenous cultures.

To mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, St. Clair Catholic schools and offices will raise the Every Child Matters flag, created by Cedric Isaac, Bkejwanong Territory, on June 21. This act of recognition underscores the commitment to honoring the lives, stories, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples, serving as a reminder of the importance of remembrance, respect, and reconciliation.

National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month offer opportunities for meaningful learning and reflection. By participating in these celebrations, individuals can contribute to a broader understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, and perspectives. Embracing the richness and diversity of Indigenous cultures honors the past and paves the way for a more inclusive future. For more information, visit the St. Clair Catholic District School Board’s website: