Niagara Falls will be backlit in purple and white tonight from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. and again from 10:15 a.m. to midnight to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.
While June is perhaps best known as Pride Month for most, in Canada it is National Indigenous Peoples Month as well. June 21 was chosen as National Indigenous Peoples Day because it is the first day of the summer solstice.
Originally known as National Aboriginal Day, 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people celebrating their heritage, diverse cultures and exceptional accomplishments.
The Second World War was a landmark for many Indigenous communities in Canada. Although often separated from white soldiers, as is the experience of the black community, thousands of indigenous soldiers and nurses volunteered for the war effort at home and abroad, serving with distinction in the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force.
As for the Niagara region, it was both awe-inspiring and a discovery, as the ancestors of today’s Aboriginal population discovered it some 13,000 years ago.
When the glaciers began to retreat north, the Indigenous population was the first in the world to discover Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and the Niagara River.