Recognizing National Aboriginal Month

June 21, 2017

June is National Aboriginal History Month. At QMUNITY, we recognize the ancestral, traditional and unceded Aboriginal territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations in Metro Vancouver on whose territory we work, live, and play.

Queer, trans, and Two-Spirit folks share many similarities, but all of our identities intersect with our heritage, cultural practices, and spiritual beliefs in different ways. It’s important to recognize and celebrate the unique ways that our Indigenous community members have contributed and continue to add to our understanding of our larger community.

Two-Spirit is a term used by many Indigenous communities and cultures on Turtle Island (North America) to describe people with diverse gender identities, expressions, roles, and sexual orientations. Two-Spirit and Indigenous ways pre-date those of colonial-settlers, and reflect a lived experience during a time on this land where these individuals were not only honoured, but respected and revered by the people in their respective Nations.

June 21st marks National Aboriginal Day, as many Indigenous folks have traditionally celebrated their heritage and culture during this time due to the significance of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

Have a look at the events going on around Vancouver and check out some further resources.

Events in Vancouver:

Queer Arts Festival: UnSettled – Two-Spirit Curated Festival, June 17-28, 2017

Aboriginal Day Live 2017 at Trout Lake, June 21, 2017

Resources:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action