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National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21

This webpage was developed to help us understand, learn, connect and celebrate the unique and rich heritage of Indigenous Peoples.

Four Faces of the Moon

An Indigenous photographer travels through time to witness moments in her family’s history: the legacy of the railway, the slaughter of the buffalo, and the impact of colonial land policies. Watch Amanda Strong’s animated short documentary on Youtube. (14 mins)

Indian Horse

The story follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school, a hockey career and the racism of the 1970s. A book and film are available about this captivating story of healing. (106 mins)

The Secret Path

An animated film adaptation of Gord Downie's album and Jeff Lemire's graphic novel is a retelling of Chanie Wenjack’s heartbreaking story about his residential school escape. Watch online and learn about how his death set forth the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. (129 mins)

Jaat Sdiihltl’lxa: Woman Who Returns

Heather didn't know she was Haida until she was 16. After visiting Haida Gwaii many times over the next twenty years, Heather realized she wanted to join her clan and receive her Haida name. Watch the compelling documentary. (14 mins)

This River

When the body of a 14-year-old girl was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014, it started a public outcry and renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. View this film as it follows volunteers searching trying to find answers surrounding the disappearances and murder of their loved ones. (20 min)

We Were Children

In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children, Lyna and Glen, who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. View their emotional story online. (84 mins)

The Spirit Horse - Thurs, June 20, at Capitol Theatre, 238 King St. W., Chatham, ON

Take in this concert, which weaves together Indigenous teachings, spectacular visual art, and a lush orchestral score while explaining the cultural significance of Ojibwe horses.

Windsor Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration - Fri, June 21, at Mic Mac Park, Prince Road, Windsor, ON. 
Join this annual local event, honouring the rich history, traditions, and resilience of the local Indigenous communities. Experience their rich culture through games, food and entertainment.

Indigenous Experience Ontario - Experience the history, traditions, cuisine, and cultures of the region’s Indigenous Peoples. Explore with an open mind and visit these wonderful activities and destinations. Indigenous Experience Ontario is owned and managed by Indigenous Tourism Ontario, an Indigenous-led, non-profit organization that is committed to improving the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples while providing a platform for cultural expression through tourism.

Indigenous Historical Sites in Windsor Essex (Tourism Windsor-Essex) -  Recognizing the Indigenous culture in our area is important as it is the basis of many traditions, customs, language and our connections to the land and life-sustaining resources. Explore the many interesting facts, attractions and points of interest here in Windsor Essex that relate to Indigenous History.

National Indigenous People's Days Festival - Thurs, June 20 - Sun, June 23, at Art Windsor-Essex, 401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor, ON

Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture that will inspire and prepare you to continue learning about and supporting local Indigenous communities.

Culture Shock Jewelry - Indigenous owned and family operated handcrafted business – Windsor, ON

Native Wonders Gifts and Gallery & Gourmet Grub Aboriginal Art Gallery/Cultural Gifts Store/Restaurant - featuring Aboriginal art and cultural gifts – Windsor, ON

Indigenous Cinema - A rich online collection of Indigenous-made films from the National Film Board of Canada

Métis In Space - What happens when two Métis women, who happen to be sci-fi nerds, drink wine and deconstruct the science fiction genre from a decolonial lense? In this podcast, Molly Swain & Chelsea Vowel break down tropes, themes & the hidden meanings behind the whitest genre of film & television we've ever known.

RECLAIMED - Weekly podcast series on CBC Music that explores the many worlds of contemporary Indigenous music. From traditional songs and acoustic sounds to Native hip-hop, R&B, and the dancefloor-filling beats of electric powwow, RECLAIMED is a one hour soundtrack to the Indigenous Next Wave: a new generation of Indigenous artists reclaiming their culture through music and song.

Telling our Twisted Histories - A podcast that reclaims Indigenous history by exploring 11 words whose meanings have been twisted by centuries of colonization. It features conversations with over 70 Indigenous people from 11 communities whose lands now make up Quebec, New Brunswick and Labrador.

The Secret Life of Canada - Listen to the untold and undertold history of Canada. This spirited and sometimes irreverent show highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn't make it into your high school textbook.

The Turtle Lodge YouTube Channel - The Turtle Lodge International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness is a place for reconnecting to the Earth & sharing Indigenous ancestral knowledge, founded on the 7 Sacred Laws.


Windsor Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated at Mic Mac Park on June 21, 2024. More events are listed in the Connect section of this webpage. 

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The resources found on this webpage have been included in the National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21 PDF. Download a PDF version here.

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