In 2009, the House of Commons passed a unanimous motion that declared the month of June as the National Aboriginal History Month. It is an occasion for Canadians to celebrate and honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.
Various Indigenous organizations, along with the Government of Canada, chose June 21 for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities celebrate their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice – the longest day of the year.
Today, MCC Ontario celebrates Niska Artisans. Niska means goose in the Cree Language and as part of O’Mushkego culture, there are two goose hunts every year. A goose is a steady piece of diet and it is a part of livelihood on the coast. Niska Artisans share their talents as a means of educating a variety of communities about a way of life and teaching artistry to younger generations. The sale of the Niska Artisan product allows the ongoing support of artisans’ livelihood.