On June 21, we join people in communities across the province and country in celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the Inuit, the Métis, and the First Nations peoples.
As with last year, this year’s celebrations will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic so events and activities to recognize the day will be held virtually across the country. You can follow the celebrations online here.
Learn more about the day on the Government of Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day website here and you can read a message from B.C. Premier John Horgan and Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, here.
CLBC supports British Columbia’s commitment to Bill 41 – 2019: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, the 2018 Draft Principles to guide the BC Public Service on relationships with Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
Throughout the year, CLBC values the contributions and input of our Indigenous Advisory Committee, whose members help guide us in our goal of improving services for Indigenous Peoples and communities. Our new Indigenous team led by Joanne Mills, Executive Director of Indigenous Relations, is also helping to advance this work. The team is working to help advance the goals in CLBC’s strategic plan and the 2020/21-2022/23 Service Plan to build trusting relationships with Indigenous communities by improving awareness of CLBC and available supports and services among Indigenous Peoples and communities and by increasing CLBC staff understanding about Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture.
Please join us in recognizing this important day today.