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National Indigenous Peoples Day

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

In keeping with the OATA's commitment to diversity and inclusion our outreach to and engagement with Indigenous communities expanded this year. Thanks to the Association's Indigenous Outreach Champion, Christian Ying

 

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As the Diversity & Inclusion Director, it is my sincere pleasure to salute National Indigenous Peoples' Day with OATA members.

 

I want to particularly pay tribute to our Indigenous Outreach Champion and OATA Member Christian Ying for his efforts to help us break barriers and for showing us how to listen to ways we can bring most value and benefits to those advancing Indigenous interests. Christian has been working with the Association on an exciting plan to introduce Indigenous Youth and Indigenous Athletes to our profession of Athletic Therapy.

 

The OATA's work on an Indigenous Youth bursary to encourage high school students to pursue AT studies is an important next step along with the other projects Christian is involved in for us. Best wishes to all across Ontario and this country as we join with the founding peoples today to celebrate. May I shout out "Aaniin!!" as a warm hello and welcome to all on this special day.

 

OATA pleased to support and present at the Indigenous Youth Opportunities Program Conference 

Enjoying Opening Ceremony, June 2022

 

Christian Ying speaks at the Indigenous Youth Opportunities Conference about Healthcare Entrepreneurship as an Athletic Therapist

 

Did You Know?
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How did National Indigenous Peoples Day start?

National Aboriginal Day (now National Indigenous Peoples Day) was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Aboriginal Day

Ontario is home to 23% of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

 

There are 133 First nations across Ontario.

 

Lacrosse has been played by Indigenous Peoples for thousands of years, dating back to the 12th century.

 

The game is considered a gift from the Creator, and as His favourite game.

What led to the creation of National Indigenous Peoples Day?

National Aboriginal Day (now National Indigenous Peoples Day) was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Aboriginal Day. This was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups:

  • in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day

  • in 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples

  • also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day

  • On June 21, 2017, the Prime Minister issued a statement announcing the intention to rename this day National Indigenous Peoples Day.