In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.
This year's celebrations are particularly special as National Indigenous History Month marks its 10 anniversary. It follows the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons in 2009, creating what was then known as National Aboriginal History Month.
The Government of Canada is proud to acknowledge that UNESCO declared 2019 as International Year of Indigenous Languages to raise awareness of the crucial role languages play in people's daily lives. According to results from the 2016 Census, from 1996 to 2016 the total number of people in Canada who were able to speak an Indigenous language went up by 8%.
This month is dedicated to raising awareness and taking action to improve the preservation and promotion of Indigenous languages to revitalize traditional knowledge, songs and cultural identity.