Tomorrow is National Indigenous People

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Let’s celebrate and honour Indigenous cultures and communities, today and every day

Hi Paov,

It’s National Indigenous Peoples Day tomorrow, a moment to recognize First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and the vital contributions made by members of these communities. As an advocacy organization, we also mark this as an opportunity to improve our understanding of colonialism and how we challenge it in our work.

Let’s engage with this day and be part of the growing recognition of unique Indigenous cultures and the rights held by Indigenous Nations in every part of the country now known as Canada. Let’s celebrate Indigenous culture as an intentional practice... tomorrow and every day.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and storytellers are creating beautiful and meaningful work across every medium. Supporting their work is a tangible way we can truly honour their experiences and histories.

This year, we have chosen to amplify a piece called Rainforest Bear by Tattuuskulth of the house of Naawasum, an artist from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. It depicts a bear whose body is made of trees, with two salmon in its belly.

We have worked with and in support of the Tla-o-qui-aht for decades, including on the land alongside Tattuuskulth, who is a Guardian with the Nation’s Tribal Parks program. Rainforest Bear is a beautiful piece through which the power of the land and interconnectedness of all living things shines. We’re honoured to share it through our platforms today.

Indigenous cultures are also inextricably linked to the land. If you don’t know which Nation’s territory you live on, you can take steps to learn. An easy place to start is the map at Native Land Digital. Take some time over the next few days to learn about the Nations' territories where you grew up, work, live and play.

There are hundreds of events happening across the country tomorrow and this weekend — find one near you and attend with your friends and family.

Protecting biodiversity and fighting climate change requires justice for Indigenous peoples. We all have a role to play in calling for that justice and working to decolonize our communities.

For a better future,

Torrance Coste

Associate Director
Wilderness Committee


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