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National Indigenous Peoples Day in North Grenville

National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Municipality of North Grenville recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, a day to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to recognize and learn more about the diverse heritage, cultures and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Ontario and Canada.

“Gifts from Mother Earth”

The artwork featured in this post shows what Mother Earth has to offer to all living things to be able to survive and continue the life’s cycle. Continued abuse of Mother Earth will make a desolate waste land. Mother Earth must heal and humankind must be grateful for its gifts.

Local artist Finian Aloysuis Paibomesai is a member of the WhiteFish River First Nation (Manitoulin Island). He came to the Ottawa area in the early 1970s to study Fine Arts at Algonquin College, University of Ottawa, and Ottawa School of Art. “Gifts from Mother Earth” was presented to the municipality in 2022 and is on public display in the front lobby of the North Grenville Municipal Centre.

For more information on the artwork, artist, and Truth and Reconciliation, visit our Truth and Reconciliation page.

Land Acknowledgement

The Municipality of North Grenville acknowledges that the Municipality operates on the un-ceded, and unsurrendered territory of the Anishnabek. We honour the historic relationship of the Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat peoples to this land.

We recognize all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit who now call North Grenville their home. We respect and support the need for cultivating a strong relationship with all Indigenous peoples and we look forward to continuing this conversation and fostering the path towards reconciliation.

For more resources, please visit:

  1. Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) provided those directly or indirectly affected by the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools system with an opportunity to share their stories and experiences. Learn more including the Commission’s 94 Calls to Action:
  2. National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  3. Indigenous Reads: List of recommended books written by Indigenous writers (CBC)
  4. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) offers a rich online collection of Indigenous-made films through Indigenous Cinema , a website that provides free streaming of more than 200 film titles
Colourful national indigenous history month image by the Government of Canada

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