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Sault College celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day on campus today.

Recognition of Indigenous cultures included a flag-raising ceremony and inspirational speeches.

National Indigenous Peoples Day was first celebrated in 1996.

Sault College’s full press release is included below.

Today, the Sault College community and its guests came together in honor and appreciation of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This annual College event saw the group come together and celebrate with a flag raising ceremony and inspirational speeches.

Today’s event is part of larger celebrations taking place across Canada to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The day was first celebrated in 1996, having been proclaimed that year by Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc. This day was chosen for many reasons including its cultural significance as the summer solstice and it is a day when many indigenous groups traditionally celebrate their heritage.

Sault College is proud to foster and encourage understanding and appreciation of the history, culture, experiences and traditions of Indigenous peoples. The College’s commitment to the advancement of Indigenous education is strong and woven into the fabric of our College’s values, strategic priorities and overall goals. The College continues its important work in this area and remains committed to moving forward in a spirit of trust, collaboration and reconciliation.

“Sault College is honored to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions and cultures of Canada’s Indigenous peoples through today’s event. It is important that we all seize the opportunity to learn more about these contributions that have shaped and continue to shape our province and our country,” said Dr. Ron Common, president of Sault College. “Today and every day, we strive to create a deeper collective understanding and appreciation of the contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, so that we can actively advance the path of reconciliation.” , he added.

We encourage everyone to take the time to learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Month through National Indigenous History Month (rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca).