June brings special days for Tikinagan, Indigenous peoples

Posted: June 9th, 2020

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Tikinagan Child & Family Services will be acknowledging, honouring, and celebrating National Indigenous History Month as well as two important days during June.

This month, the organization celebrates its annual Honouring Our Children Day on June 24, which started in 2010 and is recognized throughout the summer by the agency and in each of the 30 First Nation communities. As well, the agency recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), which provides all Canadians the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the unique culture, traditions, and history of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.

While celebrations for both days will be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic for Tikinagan’s 30 First Nations communities, families, and staff, the agency’s sees its work extending beyond one month or two days. Tikinagan’s mission is about honouring Indigenous history, traditions, and culture every day, 24-hours a day, while protecting children and supporting families.

“Many of our values at Tikinagan are reinforced in Honouring Our Children and National Indigenous Peoples Day,” said Thelma Morris, Executive Director of Tikinagan. “Our Elders share the history of our communities and the roots of our culture, providing us the wisdom, guidance, direction and encouragement. Also, language is the keystone to cultural identity and to the preservation of culture. We strive to communicate effectively using and promoting our First Nation languages, both verbally and in written materials, with the children, families and communities we serve.

“At Tikinagan, we have the responsibility of supporting our families that takes us as First Nations people back to the past to prepare ourselves for the future. The month of June is an opportunity for everyone to acknowledge the historical contributions of our peoples, the strength and resilience they show today, and the hope we have for our children, families, and communities to healthy.”