We acknowledge with respect and gratitude that the City of Pitt Meadows is located on the traditional, unceded territory of q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation who were stewards of this land since time immemorial. 

The City stands with Indigenous peoples, committed to learning and evolving, as we acknowledge this historical truth and take meaningful steps towards reconciliation.
 


 

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. It is a time to honour the stories, achievements and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial and whose presence continues to impact the evolving Canada. We also recognize the journey of Truth and Reconciliation we are currently on at the City.

The local q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation people have lived and thrived in this territory for thousands of years. To this day, Katzie maintain deep connections to our shared lands and the rivers, sloughs, creeks, and wetlands that run through the heart of this territory. Katzie are integral members of our community, history and culture as a city.

Learn more about National Indigenous History Month and how to participate. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Friday, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous groups and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on June 21—or around that time of year—because of the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

As an organization, we continue to explore ongoing opportunities to highlight Indigenous excellence, learn from Indigenous leaders, and honour the work that needs to be done toward Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage others to join us and commit to continuous learning through formalized training, reading and sharing of historical and present-day narratives, and working to educate yourselves and others about Indigenous history.

Every year, numerous activities are organized across the country on June 21 to showcase the richness and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural expressions and stories. Learn more.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. We also recognize the journey of Truth and Reconciliation we are currently on at the City.

This federal statutory holiday was created through legislative amendments made by Parliament.

In 2023, the City recognized the day with the following:

  • Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm - Community walk, traditional songs, drumming, and open sharing time in šxʷhék̓ʷnəs (Spirit Square).
  • City Hall was lit up with orange lights from dusk on September 30 until dawn on October 1.
  • A Place of Reflection is located beside the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation flag at šxʷhék̓ʷnəs (Spirit Square) where we encourage the community to visit and take a moment to consider the painful parts of Canada's history as it relates to our past and current relations with Indigenous communities, and how to move forward together towards a better future.

Educational Free Workshops

Len Pierre Consulting has provided links to these free workshops:

Len Pierre is Coast Salish from Katzie (kate-zee) First Nation. Len is a professor, consultant, TEDx Speaker, social activist, change agent and traditional Knowledge Keeper. He has a Masters degree in Education from Simon Fraser University focusing on Indigenous curriculum and instructional design. His experience includes Indigenous education and program leadership from various organizations across colonial Canada.

For more information about Len Pierre Consulting and additional workshops, please visit lenpierreconsulting.com.

Commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Across the country, you can find open to public local activities organized to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools.

In 2023, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) offered free daily lunch and learns in September. When available, more information will be shared about 2024 lunch and learns and events.

The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations.

Educational Resources

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