What does Indigenous History Month mean during a pandemic?
The current health crisis is keeping us apart. It is stopping us from gathering to celebrate this important time of learning and honouring Indigenous peoples across Canada.
This usually means gatherings, in-person ceremonies and celebrations across the country. But this year, folks are getting really creative online to make sure we can honour Indigenous peoples while staying apart and staying safe.
Toronto will host a virtual event during the day on June 21st, but it’s not clear what that will look like just yet. If you’re celebrating later in the evening, check out a summer solstice concert on APTN from 6 to 8 p.m. 106.5 ELMNT’s very own Julian Taylor will be performing alongside Susan Aglukark, Twin Flames and many more. Click here to see the full list of artists. If you’re unable to watch the event, we’ve got you covered on both 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto, and ELMNT FM 95.7 in Ottawa.
On June 26th, a virtual celebration of Indigenous graduates from across the country will be launched. The project was started by 17-year-old Avery Doxtator from Walpole Island First Nation. She was disappointed to learn that her graduating ceremony was postponed and decided to take action. If you’re looking to participate, you can post a photo of an Indigenous graduate on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Just make sure to use the hashtag #IndigenousGrad2020. Scroll through photos of proud Indigenous graduates right here!
If you’re looking for something to watch this week, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is hosting a virtual performance featuring Indigenous artists, musicians and storytellers. Check out the event on Facebook.
This Thursday, the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, First Nations House and Hart House at the University of Toronto are celebrating Pride and Indigenous History Month with a virtual concert. You can expect to see performances from Mahlikah Awe:ri and JL Whitecrow among many others. All you have to do is RSVP here, and you’ll be able to watch the show from the comfort of your own home.
The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto has quite a long list of virtual yoga, gardening, craft-making and live performances that will continue throughout the summer. Check out their full schedule here.