June is National Indigenous Heritage Month and June 21, 2021 is the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day.
‘Indigenous peoples’ or ‘Aboriginal peoples’ are terms used to recognize the original peoples of North America and their descendants. June 21 is a day for Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis known as the Indigenous Peoples.
In consultation with Indigenous organizations, the Canadian government chose June 21 due to its significance to the summer solstice. It is a tradition of Indigenous people to hold celebrations on or near the day of the summer solstice. National Indigenous Peoples Day, and National Indigenous History Month, provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our responsibilities towards truth and reconciliation.
West Park is adopting a land acknowledgement; (a formal declaration recognizing the lands of the traditional First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit territories) to be used at the beginning of key meetings and/or events such as board meetings, presentations to external stakeholders, and other gatherings.
The land acknowledgement will:
- Raise awareness of the Indigenous presence and their valuable contributions;
- Acknowledge the impact of colonialism in Canada;
- Demonstrate the Centre’s position against systemic oppression.
For more information, please view the Land Acknowledgement.
We want all our staff, patients, and visitors to feel welcome at West Park, valued for their contributions and engaged in supporting West Park as a ‘great place to be’. It is our differences that make us stronger together.