National Indigenous History Month celebrates history, cultural traditions

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Dear York community,

June is a time for the York community to celebrate the rich history, cultural diversity and ongoing presence of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

For Indigenous community members, this is often a time to celebrate with family and community through participating in cultural traditions and practices.

National Indigenous History Month asks us to contemplate how to integrate Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into the fabric of the University. York has taken steps toward this by funding Indigenous Research Seed Grants, affirming Indigenous cultural practices such as the smudging program launched by the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges & Languages, and supporting our colleagues in providing global leadership on Indigenous issues, like the Indigenous research team that attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference, led by Professor Angele Alook.

There are many opportunities for York community members to learn from and engage with Indigenous ways of knowing and being, such as:

We invite you to visit the Indigenous History Month website to learn about and participate in various events around York University’s campuses. 

Together, we offer our best wishes to Indigenous community members and the wider York community in celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21.

Thank you. Merci. Miigwech. Anushiik.

Rhonda Lenton
President and Vice-Chancellor

Laina Bay-Cheng
Interim Vice-President Equity, People and Culture

Susan D. Dion
Associate Vice-President Indigenous Initiatives