National Indigenous Peoples Day

#NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. As part of HPCO’s commitment to working to improve inclusion and eliminate barriers for Indigenous people working in hospice palliative care, HPCO provides Indigenous bursaries for our annual conference.

Learn more about our bursaries here.

HPCO also provides First Nations Caregiver Support Education. Click here for more information.

National Indigenous Peoples Day was announced in 1996 as National Aboriginal Day  by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Indigenous Peoples Day. This was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups:

  • in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day
  • in 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples
  • also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day