Each year, we honour National Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st. June is an essential time of reflection on our collective past for those living and working on Indigenous lands now known as Canada, and locally the First Nations’ unceded traditional territories now collectively known as British Columbia. 

On behalf of the province’s creative sector, BC Creates and its united creative industry associations gratefully acknowledge the 200,000 Indigenous people living in B.C., including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. The sector operates across the unceded homelands of 34 First Nations language and cultural groups, encompassing nearly 60 dialects and representing over 200 distinct First Nations in B.C. 

The creative industries are crucial in prioritizing, empowering, and foregrounding original Indigenous stories and those who have the right to tell them. These stories are foundational to this place and to reflecting on, and understanding, our collective past. They offer wisdom and truth from unique viewpoints about the histories, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strengths of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.

National Indigenous History Month encourages us to honour the stories, achievements and resilience of Indigenous Peoples who commemorate their history with pride and a spirit of preservation. For non-Indigenous people, it is a call to learn about the unique cultures, traditions, and experiences of Indigenous Peoples. For the creative sector especially, it is a time to connect with the role they have played and continue to play in shaping every facet of the creative sector’s fabric. 

Here are some ways the creative industries in B.C. are foregrounding First Nations, Inuit, and Métis stories, taking action, and providing resources to champion a dynamic, safe and equitable future for their creators and everyone in these industries.

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Resources, Tools, Actions, and Learning for Non-Indigenous People

BC Friendship Centres

Make a donation to support Indian Residential School Survivors

Make a donation to support the revitalization of Indigenous languages, arts and culture in B.C. through the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation

TRC Calls to Action

Learn whose land you are on with the First Peoples Map of B.C. 

Government of Canada weekly themes and resources