National Indigenous History Month & National Indigenous People’s Day

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. As Saskatchewan continues to reopen, celebrations have been reimaged as virtual programs and events. June 21 is National Indigenous People’s Day and many organizations are putting together virtual events to help celebrate Indigenous people’s culture, talent and resilience. Mark your calendars, get your home viewing set up and check out these programs and events.

Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day, Sunday June 21st

One day before National Indigenous People’s Day, SaskMusic is hosting a concert, featuring over 20 amazing artists from across the province on Saturday, June 20th. Musical artists include: Donny Parenteau, The North Sound, Krystle Pederson and more! It will be broadcast here on their Facebook page, as well as on YouTube.

The Metis Addiction Council of Saskatchewan will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020 with a virtual, online concert that will celebrate culture, community and reconciliation in Saskatchewan. Watch performances by:  Dean Smith Band with Garry W. Larson, Monika Gerow & Holden Blue, The North Sound and more. The show will be live-streamed on MACSI Facebook page.

Join Wanuskewin for an afternoon of music and dance performances, storytelling, interpretation of the Opimihaw Valley, and explore the history of the land. The show will be streamed on Facebook Live and be hosted by Ntawnis Piapot and Jeanelle Mandes with special guest appearances in celebration of Indigenous peoples across Canada. Find the Facebook event here.


Month long programs

The Regina Public Library has created virtual opportunities for people of all ages and families to connect, experience and learn from amazing talented Indigenous artist, entertainers, and authors. Find book talks, online programs, videos and special programming to celebrate the Year of the Metis on the RPL website here.

To celebrate National Indigenous History Month, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is streaming a special series of online programs to recognize the unique cultures and contributions of the Indigenous people of Saskatchewan. Find more information here

Government House is virtually hosting “Common Truths”, an art show by artist Donna Langhorne with related programming including videos with the artist’s interpretation of the work. Find it here.

Wanuskewin is broadcasting Snax and Facts, a Facebook Live event every Thursday at noon. Staff will discuss plants, medicines, cooking, tourism, archeology and bison with experts from each of those disciplines. Find current and past episodes on their Facebook page.