June is National Indigenous History Month 

This is a time to learn about and celebrate the beauty and brilliance of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Throughout the month of June Lakehead Public Schools will be providing many learning opportunities to students to continue learning about Indigenous histories, cultures, and positive contributions. 

On June 7th over 100 Grade 5 students from our schools attended Thunder Bay’s National Indigenous Peoples Day Education Day at Lakehead University. Students participated in different learning stations led by community partnerships and organizations that share and celebrate Indigenous knowledge and cultures. Students experienced storytelling, arts, traditional teachings, and games at different learning stations. 

Education Day is an opportunity for members of school communities to learn more about Indigenous peoples and their contributions to Canada. Students learned about the significance of the strawberry to Anishinaabe people, received teachings about kindness, respect, birchbark, crafts, drumming, and moose calling.  

Lakehead Public Schools was pleased to celebrate today’s activities alongside local partners in attendance: Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay Catholic DSB, Regional Multicultural Youth Council, Thunder Bay Public Library, Niijii Mentorship Program, Confederation College, and LU Anthropology. Chi Miigwech, big thank you to the National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee for coordinating the Education Day events! 

Here are some resources to help you celebrate and learn throughout the month of June: 

Learning Resources: 


  • Warrior Kids Podcast: Interactive Podcast for kids and adults to learn and celebrate everything Indigenous. 
  • This Place, 10-part journey through one-hundred and fifty years of Indigenous resistance and resilience.