National Indigenous History Month National Indigenous History Month

Honouring National Indigenous History Month

Each June, Canadians celebrate the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples as part of both National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21). Inspired by the efforts of The National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) the month and day coincide with the Summer Solstice, which is a traditional time of celebration for many Indigenous communities. National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day are a time to walk together as we reflect, engage, celebrate, and learn.

See the president's message honouring National Indigenous History Month 2021 »

Message from an Elder

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All Our Relations: Traditional Arts in the Faculty of Native Studies


Indigenous History Month | NFB Campus' Indigenous Collection


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Engaging in ethical, community-based research: Congress 2021 session helps researchers practise Indigenous-engaged scholarship

Reneltta Arluk

Theatre director Reneltta Arluk examines colonization in U of A production of classical play

Mou sash weaving

Renewed agreement fosters high-quality teaching, learning and research for Métis people of Alberta


Letter to the community regarding the Kamloops residential school burial site

Indigenous Canada

Indigenous Canada

We have the responsibility to educate and the opportunity to uplift the next several generations, which is why all are welcome to join Dr. Paul Gareau, Dr. Tracy Bear, Alannah Mandamin-Shawanda, and Isaac Twinn, as they lead learners through an exploration of Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. It’s free, it’s online, and there’s a space waiting for you.

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Shifting Geographies: Inuit Art from the University of Alberta Art Collection

Shifting Geographies features 26 pieces of Inuit art from approximately 730 objects with the UAlberta Art Collection. These works look broadly at the changing nature of Inuit life and the vibrancy of Inuit Nunangat facing the factors contributing to these changes—be they governmental policies or climate change.

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Weaving the Past into Present Practice

Indigenous Peoples of Western Canada in Historic Photographs
Ancestors: Indigenous Peoples of Western Canada in Historic Photographs

The forthcoming exhibition produced by the Bruce Peel Special Collections revealing people from earlier generations who endured and persisted through times of great upheaval.

Territorial Acknowledgements: Going Beyond the Script
Territorial Acknowledgements: Going Beyond the Script

Seven tips for creating your own acknowledgement that is personal, authentic and committed to reconcilation.

Let’s Powwow with the Faculty of Native Studies

We welcome you to join the Faculty of Native Studies for a Powwow! A powwow is a First Nations’ style of gathering in community, healing, and celebration.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

7 Ways to (Virtually) Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

Recognition and Reconciliation

At the U of A, we know that we have the responsibility to educate and the opportunity to uplift the next generation as part of the movement to unravel systemic racism. National Indigenous History Month reminds us of this, for while it is a time to celebrate the vibrant First Nations, Inuit, and Metis lives lived, it's also a time to reflect on the intergenerational effects of colonialism. You can learn more, including calls to action, and can access supports by visiting the following Canadian resources: