It's a day for appreciating Indigenous heritage and culture across the country. Since powwows and fish derbies are on hold, during the pandemic, the province has made available the stories of Indigenous people -- from their point of view -- through films and books.

“Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate the unique heritage, cultural diversity and rich traditions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Ontario. It is also a day to recognize the contributions of Indigenous Peoples to our province, and the need to continue working together as partners based on mutual respect and the recognition of rights," said Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford, in a prepared statement.

"In place of in-person festivities this year, our government encourages every Ontarian to participate in one of the many virtual celebrations taking place across the province. We also invite everyone to take a moment and reflect on the Indigenous experience, as well as the systemic barriers that continue to impact Indigenous peoples in our society today," the statement continued.

We all have a role to play in building a more inclusive Ontario, and we must continue to work together to eliminate hate, racism and discrimination in all its forms. Today and every day, let each and every one of us do our part to respect and help preserve Indigenous cultures, while building a more inclusive society and stronger Ontario,” concluded the statement.

Participate in the Summer Solstice Indigenous Virtual Festival ·

Attend an online film screening: imagineNative Free Films ·

35 books by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors