UNA celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to our union, our province, and Canada. United Nurses of Alberta recognizes and celebrates the heritage, history and diverse cultural traditions of the Indigenous peoples whose land we share.

UNA is proud to represent many nurses of Indigenous heritage in communities across Alberta, including those employed by the Aakom Kiyii Health Services of the Piikani Nation, at Brocket, and by the Blood Tribe Department of Health in Stand Off, near Cardston.

For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day because of the significance of the longest day of the year. In co-operation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Indigenous Peoples Day.

National Indigenous Peoples Day provides an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about Indigenous people and to show their respect for their vast contribution to Canada.