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June 21, 2024

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

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June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Since 1996, people have come together on this day to reflect on and celebrate the unique knowledge, traditions and heritage of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. This sacred day for Indigenous Peoples also marks the summer solstice – the longest day of the year – and entry into a new season of life.

On this special day, RNAO reaffirms our commitment to advance Indigenous health through continued partnerships with Indigenous communities and health organizations. As part of our ongoing journey to deepen understanding of the histories, traditions and knowledges of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada, RNAO recently entered into a relationship agreement with the Indigenous Primary Health Care Council.

We also celebrate the success stories of Indigenous-focused Best Practice Spotlight Organizations® (BPSO) across Ontario. Although each organization offers unique health and social services, all share a common goal: Improving the quality of life of Indigenous individuals and communities where health providers work and live.

For more information about RNAO’s efforts to support and work alongside members of Indigenous communities, visit our Indigenous Health and RNAO In Focus web page.

We urge you to step forward with us onto the path of reconciliation. Reflect, learn, and acknowledge the strengths of Indigenous Peoples today – and every day.