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School District 22 is already planning its June program for Indigenous History Month.
Carly Hills, SD 22 Indigenous Education Lead Teacher, invites community leaders, non-profits, local teachers and North Okanagan business people to showcase Indigenous culture throughout June .
The month of June was officially declared National Aboriginal History Month in 2009 and was a time to celebrate and recognize the history and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.
“Last year we created a solid resource for teachers and students curated by the SD22 Indigenous Education Department on everything from food and cooking, to the Indian Act, to learning professional and so much more,” Hill said.
SD 22 encourages other organizations and businesses to showcase Indigenous culture in a variety of ways throughout the month of June this year.
Organizations such as the Okanagan Regional Library, the Performing Arts Center and the Museum and Archives of Vernon (MAV) have already signed up to participate.
“We are thrilled to partner with SD22 to honor and celebrate the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada in hopes of better understanding our collective stories,” said Amy Timleck, Program Coordinator at MAV.
“Having the opportunity to work with others in the Vernon area who are committed to amplifying Indigenous voices is truly special and we are thrilled to offer programs in June that do just that.
MAV’s Indigenous History Month programming will include musical performances, films, a panel of speakers and family events.
“This type of programming is exactly what we were hoping for,” says Carly. “We want companies to really think about how they recognize Indigenous History Month and ensure it’s not seen as an opportunity to maximize profits.
“At the end of the day, it always comes down to building relationships,” Hills adds. “I am truly inspired by the number of people who want to celebrate and honor First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada and the creative ways they are approaching it within their businesses.