Executive Council
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
June 21, 2018

Provincial Government Recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Provincial Government is encouraging residents of the province to observe National Indigenous Peoples Day by participating in events organized by Indigenous Governments and Organizations within the province.

For information on events in Newfoundland and Labrador, residents are encouraged to contact the Nunatsiavut Government, Innu Nation, Miawpukek First Nation, Nunatukavut Community Council, or Qalipu First Nation; or one of the friendship centres or other Indigenous-based community organizations in their region. The events organized by these groups are part of hundreds of events taking place across Canada to celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage.

Recognizing cultural events such as National Indigenous Peoples Day delivers on commitments in The Way Forward deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

“National Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes the contributions that Indigenous peoples have made and continue to make to our province. There are many Indigenous cultures to honour and celebrate in Newfoundland and Labrador, and I encourage everyone to take part in events and activities that enhance their appreciation of Indigenous history, heritage, and culture.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“National Indigenous Peoples Day is a reminder to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to recognize and celebrate the rich Indigenous cultures that form part of our collective identity. Such celebrations contribute to inter-cultural understanding and serve as a reminder of the rich diversity of people who proudly call this province home.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced, Education, Skills and Labour

“We become better citizens of this province and country when we learn more about its heritage and culture, and that includes learning about Indigenous culture. We have a responsibility and an obligation to help our children understand our rich and diverse history, and a great way to do that is by attending organized events.”
Randy Edmunds
Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier and Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs
MHA for Torngat Mountains

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Learn More

The Way Forward – www.gov.nl.ca/thewayforward/

Federal Government’s list of events and activities planned for National Indigenous Peoples Day – www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013322/1100100013323

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