United Nurses of Alberta celebrates National Indigenous People’s Day each June 21 by honouring the contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to our union, the nursing profession, our province and Canada.
UNA is proud to represent many nurses of Indigenous heritage, including those employed by the Blood Tribe Department of Health in Stand Off, near Cardston, and by Aakom Kiyii Health Services of the Piikani Nation at Brocket.
With many in-person events to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day having been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage UNA members to learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of Indigenous peoples by reading a digital copy of one the books from the Indigenous Reads book list or by exploring a virtual exhibit at your favourite museum.
National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed by then Governor General Romeo Leblanc in 1996 and renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017. It takes place each year throughout Canada on June 21. The observance provides an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about Indigenous people and show their respect for their vast contribution to Canada.