National Indigenous History Month closes with virtual concert
|globalnews.ca 30 Jun 2020 at 19:52|
National Aboriginal Day (now National Indigenous Peoples Day) was announced in 1996 by then-Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc through a proclamation declaring June 21 of each year as National Aboriginal Day.
But throughout the month of June, the Government of Canada declared National Indigenous History Month “a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada.”
Gord Downie, the late frontman of the band The Tragically Hip, along with his brother Mike Downie and the Chanie Wenjack families created The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund in 2016.
Inspired by Wenjack’s story and Downie’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
To commemorate National Indigenous History Month in 2020, the Downie Wenjack Fund (DWF) had plans for several live events in Halifax, Winnipeg and Toronto, featuring Indigenous artists speakers and elders.