BC FORUM News - From The Advocate, Summer, 2022
Ways to celebrate and honour Indigenous history this month
by Domenik Couture
As a First Nations person on Turtle Island it is my honour to bring you greetings as we celebrate National Indigenous History Month. It’s a time for all Canadians to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience, diversity and vibrance of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples across Canada. It’s a time to reflect on our strengths, contributions, sacrifices, and unique history. It’s also a time for non- Indigenous Canadians to learn and recognize the role Indigenous Peoples have played and continue to play in shaping Canada.
We are particularly lucky in BC. We can immerse ourselves in tradition while paying tribute to ingenuity and artistry at an extensive list of destinations across our province. From sites up the Nass River such as Gingolx to Kay Llnagaay on Haida Gwaii, to the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, and to every corner of the province, you can experience the collections, history, and stories of the Indigenous Peoples of our province firsthand.
This June, take the time to explore Indigenous events in your community. Attend a Powwow, peruse an Indigenous artisan market or read a book by an Indigenous author. Challenge yourself by enrolling in the free online Indigenous Canada Course at the University of Alberta taught by First Nations people. Take the time to talk to an Elder. Familiarize yourself with the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. Be an ally. Celebrate National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21); you will be richly rewarded.
Domenik Couture is a twenty year old Indigenous leader and mentor of Mohawk, Ojibwe and Métis heritage. He began exploring his Indigenous heritage as a high school student. As part of his journey of discovery, Domenik completed Indigenous carving classes, much to the delight of his family and friends who enjoy his carvings.