Celebrating Indigenous Peoples

The federal colonial government has deemed June 21st National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day to celebrate Indigenous heritages, cultures, and achievements. The anti-racism protests that have mobilized tens of thousands of people across Turtle Island/Canada remind us of the need to move away from the tokenization of Indigenous peoples and cultures, to challenge our thinking and our institutions that are rooted in colonial concepts that discriminate against Indigenous peoples, black peoples, and other peoples of colour. Indigenous heritages, cultures, and achievements should be celebrated every day and woven into the way we live. Shared Path works in the realm of planning, which concerns the future of our communities. We envision a future in which Indigenous voices and rights form a sustained and integral part of land-use planning, law, policy, and governance in our communities.

While this year’s celebrations have been dampened by the ongoing pandemic, we would like to share these beautiful images captured by our board member, Fred McGarry, at the Three Fires Homecoming Powwow and Traditional Gathering of the Mississaugas of the (New) Credit some years ago.

This Post Was Published On June 23, 2020. Last Updated March 20, 2021

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