School District 22 is already getting their June program ready for Indigenous History Month.
SD 22 Indigenous Education Lead Teacher Carly Hills is inviting community leaders, not-for-profit organizations, local professors and business people in the North Okanagan to showcase Indigenous culture throughout the month of June.
June was formally declared National Indigenous History month in 2009 and has provided an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the history and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.
“Last year we created a robust resource for teachers and students curated by the SD22 Aboriginal Education Department on everything from food and cuisine, to the Indian Act, to professional learning and so much more,” said Hill.
SD 22 is encouraging other organizations and businesses this year to showcase Indigenous culture in different ways throughout the month of June.
Organizations including the Okanagan Regional Library, the Performing Arts Centre and the Museum and Archives of Vernon (MAV) have already signed on to take part.
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with SD22 to honour and celebrate the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada with the hopes that we can better understand our collective histories,” says Amy Timleck, Program Coordinator at MAV.
“Having the opportunity to work with others in the Vernon area who are committed to amplifying Indigenous voices feels really special and we’re thrilled to be offering programs in June that do just that.”
MAV Indigenous History Month programming will include musical performances, films, a speakers’ panel and family friendly events.
“This type of programming is exactly what we’re hoping for,” says Carly. “We want businesses to be really thoughtful about how they are recognizing Indigenous History Month and ensure that this is not seen as an opportunity to maximize profits.”
“Ultimately, it always comes back to building relationships,” Hills adds. “I’m really inspired by how many people are eager to celebrate and honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada and the creative ways that they are approaching it within their businesses.”