Honouring the Rich Heritage & Contributions of Diverse Communities

Indigenous History Month

June is a time for honouring the rich heritage and contributions of diverse communities. At the YMCA, we are committed to fostering inclusivity and respect for all. This month, we focus on National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month.

National Indigenous History Month: Celebrated since 2009, this month recognizes the heritage, cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, aligns with the summer solstice, a significant day for many Indigenous cultures. Across Canada, this day is marked with ceremonies, cultural performances, arts, and crafts. Check the Celebrate Canada website or local Friendship Centre for events in your area. This year, we highlight the Yellowhead Institute at Toronto Metropolitan University, which connects Indigenous history to current issues, offering valuable perspectives on treaties, rights, and land title.

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Pride Month: Our Y and YMCA's across Canada proudly support our 2SLGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month and every day. We believe everyone deserves dignity, respect, and equality. Pride Month celebrates the diversity of sexual and gender expression, rooted in resistance and solidarity. We must listen to and amplify voices in the struggle for equality. Our commitment is to create safe, welcoming spaces where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Hatred based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression is harmful and unjust. It is our collective responsibility to stand against prejudice and ensure everyone experiences inclusion and belonging.

As we celebrate National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month, let us commit together, to learning, supporting, and advocating for a more inclusive society.