National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day
Posted on 06/21/2021
National Indigenous Peoples DayJune 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions, and cultures of Indigenous people in Canada. Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in National Indigenous Peoples Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast. 

Schools across the Division will be taking part to honour and recognize the contributions of Indigenous peoples, including virtual presentations from Inuk educator Goota Desmarais and Métis jigging by the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers.

Goota Desmarais is an Inuk educator who was born in Kinngait, Nunavut. Her early childhood was spent in a modern Inuit settlement during the winters and in a traditional camp during the summers. Goota began sharing her Inuit culture in classroom settings 20 years ago and continues to do so with great enthusiasm.

Goota’s presentations are very interactive and will include sharing her culture through story and playing her qilaut, which is a traditional Inuit drum. The students will have the opportunity to learn some Inuktitut language through music and songs and try some fun Inuit Games.

The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers are a fun, energetic sibling group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who will be sharing their passion for Métis jigging as well as a dance that they have created called the Hip Hop Jig. Students will have an opportunity to learn some steps as well as some wonderful Métis history.
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