June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Re-circulated by the New Westminster & District Labour Council

National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21

This National Indigenous Peoples Day we stand in solidarity and support with Indigenous communities. The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association is holding a joint virtual event with the City of Surrey. Link and information can be found here:

NIPD this year comes in the wake of the horrific and heartbreaking discovery of 215 Indigenous children in a mass unmarked grave at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

If you are a survivor of the Indian Residential School system or inter-generational trauma there are supports available:

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Their mandate is

“To assist First Nation Peoples in British Columbia to recognize and be holistically empowered from the primary and generational effect of the Residential Schools by supporting research, education, awareness, establishing partnerships, and advocating for justice and healing. The Society assists Survivors with counselling, court support, information, referrals, workshops and more.”

IRSSS Toll-Free Line: 1-800-721-0066

24hr National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

KUU-US Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717

Tsow-Tun-Le Lum: 1-866-925-4419


For non-Indigenous delegates wanting to take action, here are some suggestions and resources:


Learn about the impacts of the Indian Residential School system

  • Read the TRC’s 94 recommendations
  • Contact your MPs and local officials
  • Actively listen to people of First Nations, Inuit and Métis backgrounds
  • Stand up to stereotypes, prejudice and systemic racism
  • Have conversations with your family and friends (even children)
  • Be respectful towards trauma survivors and elders
  • Support Indigenous-led community organizations
  • Be patient, empathetic & receptive (it’s distressing for everyone)
  • Raise awareness in your community/online (wear orange)


Read Volume 4 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the Residential School system:


7 Free Ways to make a difference from First Nations Child & Family Caring Society


Donate and support work at organizations like:


Follow and amplify Indigenous voices on social media and in the news: