May 31, 2021
National Indigenous History Month
The built environment impacts each of us in different ways: it can foster a sense of place and connect us to our surroundings. Architecture has the ability to convey the stories of a place by incorporating elements of history, culture, and community. As designers, collaborating with Indigenous communities enriches our development and is an opportunity to acknowledge and preserve culture, heritage, traditions, and values of the people of the place we are working in and for.
In June 2009, the House of Commons voted unanimously to declare the month of June to be National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. This year, gatherings and ceremonies will look very different from past years. There are a variety of online resources and virtual events to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn about and contribute to honouring the history, people, and land where we live.
Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing some resources and events from across the country. Thank you to all the Indigenous architects, designers, artists, and thought leaders who took the time to meet with our team and share their stories!
Igoolik Community Hall, Nunavut
mural designed by Nunavut artist Jonathan Cruz
A few links to get you started: