2024 National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 9, 2024

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

National Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly National Aboriginal Day) was announced in 1996 through a proclamation by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc. The proclamation was signed after consultations with various Indigenous groups. June 21, the summer solstice, was selected due to its cultural significance for many Indigenous peoples and communities.

This is a time for reflection and education. Indigenous peoples in Canada have faced historic oppression and systemic barriers that continue to hinder their access to high-quality, well-funded public services, including health care. Advocating for access to high-quality health care for all means recognizing, supporting and learning from the unique experiences of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis nurses in our union.

We encourage all our members to take the time to engage with Indigenous cultural celebrations, be willing to learn, as well as reflect on the issues faced by Indigenous communities and the intersection with your practice.


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Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression

In ONA’s Anti-Racism Member Advisory Team and ONA’s Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Working Group launched a series of resources to continue to bring awareness to current issues impacting those who are Indigenous, Black, Racialized and members of historically marginalized communities.

Visit our Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression page for the latest news and resources, including our Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Action Plan.

For further information, questions or comments, email arao@ona.org.

Pour en savoir plus, ou si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires, envoyez un courriel à arao@ona.org.