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National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

Join the Greater Sudbury Public Library in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day! On June 21, we will celebrate the culture, heritage and contributions of our Indigenous communities through virtual story times, presentations from community partners and more. Featured activities and resources will be going up on the GSPL Facebook page throughout the day.

Story Time 

Gii-tagoshnowaat mayagi-waagoshag.

When Different Foxes Arrived

Story by Bizhikiis (Leona Wakonabo), Ningaabii'anook (Gerry Howard), Animikiigiizhigookwe (Bineshii Hermes-Roach), and Waabishkii-miigwan (Mary Hermes). Illustrated by Animikiigiizhigookwe (Bineshii Hermes-Roach).

Read by Amy Commanda.

The Water Walker

Written and illustrated by Joanne Robertson.

Read by Amy Commanda.

Amy Commanda is from the Otter clan and is a part of the Nipissing First Nation community. She currently works with Indigenous Student Affairs as their Administrative Assistant.

Cooking with Niska: Traditional Sagabun in James Bay

Aanii, Boozhoo, Kwe Kwe, Waachay. Nimkii Benishii Niin, Migizi ndodem. Natalie Lacasse ndizhnikaaz, Mushkiigoom naang Ndoonhjii. Hello I am Thunderbird, I am from the Eagle Clan. My given name is Natalie Lacasse and I am Cree from Moose Factory. 

I currently hold the position of Indigenous Community Outreach and Liaison Coordinator at Laurentian Universities Indigenous Student Affairs office.I will be creating a powerpoint video in which I will discuss James Bay's Goose Hunt.

I will be covering:
  • Where Moose Factory in James Bay is located 
  • What treaty area and tribe we are 
  • How Cree peoples use to traditional harvest Niska (Goose), how we do it now 
  • The steps in building a sagabun (what we use to spin the geese over the fire with) 
  • What other items we can cook in a sagabun 
  • Multiple pictures of Moose Factory and Sagabuns