National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to recognize, celebrate and learn more about diverse and rich Indigenous cultures. First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples laid the foundation for trails – an integral part of our daily lives. In fact, The Great Trail of Canada is situated on the traditional territories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples from coast to coast to coast, and many sections of the network follow seasonal travel and trade routes used by Indigenous communities in the past and in the present day.
We also acknowledge that today’s celebration should go far beyond June 21. That’s why TCT is dedicated to honouring First Nations, Inuit and Métis contributions all year round through the following commitments:
- We support Indigenous leadership as they work on Trail development projects on traditional territories
- We encourage Trail groups to develop project partnerships with local Indigenous communities, and to recognize and honour First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples by acknowledging the traditional territories on which the Trail project is taking place.
- We have established an Indigenous Advisory Committee comprised of individuals from Indigenous communities to provide guidance and advice related to TCT as it relates to Indigenous communities and culture. The committee also assisted us in the creation of TCT’s first Indigenous Territory Acknowledgement
- We offer all our platforms to voices from all Indigenous communities to amplify their experiences and share their knowledge
Discover more about Indigenous peoples and share what you learn with the resources below.
Here’s how to spread the word:
- Follow and share posts from @TheGreatTrail on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
- Use the hashtags #NIPD, #NIPDCanada, #DoSomethingGreat and tag @TheGreatTrail when referencing in social media posts
- We encourage you to share the visuals, posts and tweets below
Copy and paste any of the messages below with their suggested images
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There are anywhere between 52 and 70 languages indigenous to what is now called Canada. Only three are expected to survive this century. But many people are working hard to change that. @TheGreatTrail #NIPDCanada #DoSomethingGreat
Activity link: Word search
Did you know that there are three groups of Indigenous peoples in Canada? They are First Nations, Inuit and Métis. #NIPDCanada #DoSomethingGreat @TheGreatTrail
Learn more: Indigenous way of life
Did you know the very first trails on the lands and waterways that make up @TheGreatTrail were built by Indigenous peoples? #NIPDCanada #DoSomethingGreat
The Maukinak Trail – Path of The Paddle – is an iconic historical path that follows traditional Anishnabe and Cree paddling routes in northwestern Ontario. The Path of the Paddle has been used by Ojibwe and Cree descendants for trade and seasonal hunting and fishing for almost 10,000 years. @TheGreatTrail #NIPDCanada #DoSomethingGreat
See on map: Maukinak Trail – Path of The Paddle
Part of Northern Trails of Saskatchewan is along the route followed by Métis leader Louis Riel to Batoche, Riel’s headquarters, and the site of the last battle of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. @TheGreatTrail #NIPDCanada #DoSomethingGreat
See on map: Northern Trails of Saskatchewan