AFN National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak Encourages Learning During National Indigenous History Month

Published: Jun 01, 2024Press Release

(June 1, 2024 – Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ottawa) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak invites all Canadians to recognize National Indigenous History Month and join in activities to celebrate and learn more about the rich histories, cultures, perspectives, and contributions of First Nations.

This month is also marked by several anniversaries, including the fifth anniversary of the release of the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the anniversary that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act received Royal Assent, and National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.

“While these milestones demonstrate progress, much work remains. First Nations continue to face barriers, including gaps in education and economic opportunities. Additionally, misinformation and the troubling rise of Indian Residential School denialism within mainstream discussions misrepresents historical truths,” continued National Chief Woodhouse Nepinak. “Educating ourselves on these issues is critical for achieving reconciliation.”

“This month is not only a celebration but also an essential time for learning. We urge all Canadians to engage with First Nations, participate in activities and dialogues that promote truth and reconciliation, and further their education about First Nations histories, traditions, and perspectives. Additionally, We encourage everyone to read the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and its 231 Calls for Justice, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report and its 94 Calls to Action.”

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The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization that works to advance the collective aspirations of First Nations individuals and communities across Canada on matters of national or international nature and concern.

Contact information:

Kelly Reid
Senior Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
(613) 292-0857 (mobile)
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