June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate the unique heritage and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. June 21 is the summer solstice, and a significant time for many Indigenous peoples and communities who have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day for generations.
The Meaning Behind the Visual
The beautiful graphic used to promote National Indigenous History Month and Peoples Day this year uses various visual elements to illustrate Indigenous cultures. The sun (the summer solstice) is at the centre which is at the heart of the festivities. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis, as well as the four elements of nature - earth, water, fire and air - are represented within the image.
- The Eagle represents First Nations people
- The Narwhal represents Inuit people
- The Violin represents Métis people
The entire visual is supported by a multicoloured smoke reminding us of Indigenous spirituality but also of the colour of the rainbow - as symbols of inclusion and diversity of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and their members.
* Smoke is used in different ways by all three Indigenous groups in Canada. Whether it is to smoke fish and meat, to burn age and tobacco or for sacred ceremonies or celebrations, it is a significant symbol in Indigenous culture.
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National Indigenous Peoples Day
Description of Visual Elements