Indigenous Month


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June is National Indigenous History Month 

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Land Acknowledgement

The Town of Newmarket acknowledges that we are situated on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples, whose presence here continues to this day. We honour and acknowledge this land and its people. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action (numbers 62-63 ) speak to the significance of education as the key to reconciliation.

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June is National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month is a time for us to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It's also a chance for us to get to know about our Indigenous communities today.  

National Indigenous Peoples Day is June 21, 2020 celebrate at home and learn more about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Learn all about National Indigenous Peoples Day.

We're celebrating with FREE virtual events!

  • Virtual Indigenous Film Screenings | FREE | Thursday, June 18 20 | 1 to 10 p.m. | Films available all Throughout June  
The Newmarket Public Library and the Town of Newmarket welcome you to celebrate National Indigenous month. Choose from a wealth of Indigenous films and filmmakers- streamed from the comfort of your own home. Special thanks to the Government of Canada, Ministry of Heritage for their generous sponsorship. Visit and with your library card you will have access to some blockbuster Indigenous Films. Don't have a Library card? No Problem!

Contact the Newmarket Public Library: and they will walk you through setting up your FREE Kanopy account where you can access high quality Indigenous film content. 

Stay connected at Newmarket Public Library : Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  • Music & Poetry Living Rooms without Borders | June 20, 2020 | 1 – 4 p.m. | A Facebook Live Event 
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Join us virtually from your living room for a dynamic afternoon of music and poetry featuring a diverse lineup of local musicians and poets, hosted by Community Ambassador, MC musician and poet, Glenn Marais. Click here to join us live on Facebook

Check back here for more exciting details and the lineup of special guests!


Learn about Indigenous History and Cultures

Local History & Culture 

  • Highlights from Elman W. Campbell Museum exhibits and National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019.  Visitors enjoyed the Nin Os Kom Tin hand drumming group, exhibits, presentations and traditional food including bannock, maple syrup and cedar tea. 
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The Sacred Canoe Project 

  • 2017: Sacred Canoe Answers Call for Truth and Reconciliation, courtesy of York Region District School Board. Click here to learn more.

Canadian Indigenous Arts

  • Indigenous Insights – watch replays of the live series by Indigenous Knowledge Resource Teachers on Facebook 

What do Indigenous thinking and spirituality bring to the world of architecture? UNCEDED – Voices of the Land is a breathtaking multimedia installation at the Canadian History Museum in Ottawa that brings together the past, present and future of the Indigenous experience, as seen through the eyes and minds of 18 distinguished Indigenous architects and designers from across Turtle Island (North America). Watch this short video to meet the Canadian Architects that practice Indigeneity.

Learning Resources

  • Podcast: What do you really know about The Indian Act?  From "The Secret Life of Canada" podcast series - In 1876, the young country of Canada passed a set of laws intended to govern First Nations people in Canada. This is a CBC article with links to podcast, teaching guide and other resources for you to better understand this legislation. 

  • CBC Playlist: RECLAIMED explores the many worlds of Indigenous Music. Traditional songs. Acoustic Sounds. Hip hop, R&B, electric powwow and everything in between. Hear A Tribe Called Red, Lido Pimienta, Tanya Tagaq, Wolf Saga and more! 

Fun Activities

First Nations

Chippewas of Georgina Island  

The closest Indigenous community to Newmarket, which is also one of the original Williams Treaties First Nations. 

Williams Treaties First Nations 

The Williams Treaties First Nations are the Chippewas of Beausoleil, Georgina Island and Rama and the Mississaugas of Alderville, Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Scugog Island. These seven First Nations are signatories to various 18th and 19th century treaties that covered lands in different parts of south central Ontario. In 1923, the Chippewas and Mississaugas signed the Williams Treaties and together, over 90 years later, the Williams Treaties First Nations have joined to ensure their rights to and the relationship with the land is respected.


Anishinabek Nation

The Anishinabek Nation represents 39 First Nations throughout the province of Ontario from Golden Lake in the east, Sarnia in the south, Thunder Bay and Lake Nipigon in the north. The 39 First Nations have an approximate combined population of 65,000 citizens, one third of the province of Ontario's First Nation population.  The Anishinabek Nation has four strategic regional areas: Southwest, Southeast, Lake Huron and Northern Superior. Each region is represented by a Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief.


Mississauga First Nation

Mississauga is signatory to the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and resides within its traditional territory. The community is located at the mouth of the river which shares its name, The Mississaugi. Spoken in the Anishnaabemowin language it is Misswezhaging, which means "many outlets". Although the community is located within the "reserve" boundary, the Traditional Territory extends towards the Huron Watershed. Mississauga ancestors and current Mississauga's travel the extent of the Mississaugi River utilizing its abundant resources. The river begins at Lake Huron and extends as far as Bark Lake and beyond.