June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, an opportunity for us to take time to learn about the histories, cultures, challenges and strengths of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples throughout Turtle Island. Each week this month has a theme. We are just finishing the week from June 1 – 6, focused on Women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people. We encourage you to learn more from the resources provided at this link about the first week’s theme.
From June 5 – 11 we are invited to focus on Environment, Traditional Knowledge and Territory. Recently the Congregation of the Resurrection added a Land Acknowledgment to our website and emails, and to our monthly council meetings. This is one small step to remind our members and those who interact with us online that the land on which we live and work is a living ecosystem which connects us to those who came before us and those who will come after. We are all stewards of this creation, working together over the generations to care for the land.
Parks Canada is working in concrete ways with First Nations, Metis and Inuit groups to reconnect Indigenous peoples with their traditional lands and waters, enhance opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture and history, and work together to preserve our natural resources. Learn more about this relationship by clicking here, and check out the videos below about ʔapsčiik t̓ašii, a 25-kilometre multi-use pathway traversing the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve from Tofino to Ucluelet.