FREDERICTON (GNB) – National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, celebrates the heritage, diverse cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

“Your government recognizes the important role First Nations have played in the history and culture of New Brunswick, and their economic contribution to our province,” said Treasury Board President Roger Melanson, who is also minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. “This is one of a number of important initiatives which support our collaboration and partnership with the First Nations in New Brunswick.”

First Nations in New Brunswick host powwows throughout the summer. A complete schedule of events is available online.

As part of New Brunswick’s recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, new education modules are being created to highlight the history and culture of First Nations. The new online learning modules are a response to the Calls to Action from Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission. The provincial government, NB Power, and the University of New Brunswick and its Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre are partnering to create online learning modules for their employees on key topics related to the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and Passamaquoddy.

The module covers such topics as the Peace and Friendship Treaties, the impact of the residential schools, and the current strengths and challenges facing Indigenous people in New Brunswick.

Under the guidance of the Elders Council at the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, the content is being assembled by a team of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learning professionals.