2024 National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day | Canada

National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated on or around June 21 to honour the culture and heritage of Indigenous groups. It was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, and was intended to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples. The day is part of the Celebrate Canada program and is supported by the Government of Canada through funding opportunities for community celebratory events.



B.C.’s ‘war in the woods’ grounds to be permanently protected | CBC News

The Government of British Columbia has reached an agreement with two First Nations on Vancouver Island to protect about 760 square kilometres of Crown land in Clayoquot Sound. This agreement involves reconfiguring the tree farm license in the area to establish ten new conservancies that will safeguard old-growth forests and unique ecosystems. The conservancies, located on Meares Island and the Kennedy Lake area, aim to preserve some of the last remaining old-growth forests on Vancouver Island and reflect the land-use visions and livelihoods of the Ahousaht and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. The agreement is supported by more than $40 million raised by the environmental group Nature United, which will use the money to compensate the forestry tenure holder and support conservancy management endowment funds. Establishing these conservancies marks a new model of collaboration and transformative change that will protect globally significant old-growth forests and provide financing for Indigenous-led stewardship.