As the First Peoples of Canada, First Nations, Metis and Inuit have established sacred grounds across the country that have great cultural and spiritual significance. Today, Parks Canada is fortunate to work with over 300 Indigenous partners and communities to protect many of these special places and share their stories.
National Indigenous History Month
National Indigenous History Month is highlighted each June to recognize and strengthen Indigenous contributions to Canadian history and society.
This year, National Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of residential schools.
We encourage you to take time to honour and learn about the many languages, cultures and immeasurable contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Two paths, one destination
Indigenous Knowledge and Western science come together to protect a park and a homeland.
Bison conservation initiative
The recovery of the Plains Bison from near extinction is one of the great success stories of wildlife conservation in North America, achieved in collaboration with various Indigenous partners. The bison, an ecosystem engineer and culturally significant species for many Indigenous peoples, was effectively reintroduced to its traditional range in several Canadian national parks. Find out how the various initiatives to reintroduce the Plains Bison are being carried out across the country in the following video.
Anniversaries of the signing of Treaties 1, 2 and 11
This year, we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of Treaties 1 and 2 and the 100th of the signing of Treaty 11.
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site is the location where Treaty No. 1 was negotiated in 1871, and many commemorations will take place throughout the year.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
On June 21, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day.
From ‘Stories of growing up Métis’ to ‘Sounds of an Inuit Homeland’ to ‘Walking in our Ancestors Footsteps’ browse the list of videos created for this special occasion.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Calls to Action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- This Week in History
- National Indigenous History Month
- Historic Places and Monuments Board of Canada
- Read, listen, watch and try: resources to help you celebrate National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous People Day
At Parks Canada places, Indigenous voices share their own stories of their history and culture. Connecting with these experiences, deepens our understanding of the history, cultures, and important roles of Indigenous peoples.
Together, Parks Canada and Indigenous partners work cooperatively to ensure access to traditional lands and waters for cultural activities and ceremonies.
Sitting at the same table, Indigenous knowledge guides the management of Canada’s heritage places and programs. This work is based on respect for Indigenous rights and our treaty relationships and understanding of the history that shapes our national parks and national historic sites.
- Indigenous ecological knowledge
- Guardian and Watchmen programs
- Métis identity and voice: video series
- Working together: Our stories
- Learn more about working together
- Call for Applications: Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council
- Mapping Change: Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation within Parks Canada