Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21

Eagle, narwhaal and violin representing First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples of Canada

National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on the summer solstice, June 21. It’s a special occasion to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Learning about Indigenous Peoples, places and experiences is a step forward each Canadian can take on the path to reconciliation.

The visual for National Indigenous Peoples Day includes some of the same elements as the National Indigenous History Month design. The sun, represented by the date "June 21", remains in the centre to demonstrate its importance in the festivities. First Nations, Inuit and Métis as well as the four elements of nature (earth, water, fire and air) are represented by different symbols and colours. The visual is supported by a multicoloured smoke* reminding us of Indigenous spirituality but also the colours of the rainbow, symbol of inclusion and diversity of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and their members.

*Smoke is used in different ways by all three Indigenous groups in Canada. Whether it is to smoke fish and meat, to burn sage and tobacco or for sacred ceremonies or celebrations, it is a significant symbol in Indigenous culture.

Description of the three icons

  • The eagle represents First Nations
  • The narwhal represents Inuit
  • The violin represents Métis

Related events

More information can be found on our Truth and Reconciliation web page.