June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to commemorate and honour the history, contributions, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada. The summer solstice, celebrated by many Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island for millennia, is recognized as National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada (June 21, 2023).
For those looking to prepare for Indigenous Day of Prayer (June 18, 2023), the United Church has two new worship resources available. We encourage you to make connections with Indigenous neighbours, dive deeper into Indigenous history, and experience the beauty of Indigenous cultures and traditions. Show up with respect in Indigenous-led spaces in June and beyond. Please look carefully at your local gatherings, which are a rich opportunity to learn. Show up whenever and however you can; use your community of faith signage, space, and budget to lend your public support. Consider creating shared public space or art, like this beautiful mural placed on an outer wall at Harrow United in Winnipeg.