Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2022
It is not always obvious, but we are all connected. While we go about our chores and obligations, we forget that everything we do and say has an impact on other people and this earth. We are also connected to past generations and will impact future generations. As parents we know this intimately. We know and worry about the impact we are having on our children, the words we use, the choices we make. It can feel like a burden, and yet it is our most important role in life.
In the last few meetings of the Moms’ of Fawn and Doe Baby Co we have talked about these responsibilities and our individual path of learning to do our best as parents and stewards of this land.
As the day has arrived to celebrate Indigenous Peoples, we have also been reflecting on the pain and suffering that was inflicted on First Nations when Canada was first colonized, and in subsequent years. Despite this reality, we can forge a much better future. A future, where all peoples recognize our shared experience of living on this planet. We can learn from history, diversity of cultures, language, and beliefs to be more empathic and appreciative of one another.
We honour and can learn from the values of the Haudenosaunee Nations like sharing labour and maintaining a duty to their family, clan and nation as well as being thankful to nature and the Creator for their sustenance. We especially appreciate the ‘Seventh Generation’ value in decision-making, as consideration is given for those who are not yet born but who will inherit the world.
National Indigenous Peoples Day was introduced in 1996. In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
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. See more https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013718/1534874583157