Harper Grey welcomes Dr. Amy Parent in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day

On June 21, 2022, the 26th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Committee was honoured to welcome Dr. Amy Parent for a firm-wide discussion about Canada’s land, waterways and the ongoing impact of colonialism.

Dr. Amy Parent is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education (PhD UBC). Her research is grounded in Indigenous methodologies through collaborative partnerships with Indigenous communities to support self-determination needs through community based research.

Included in the talk were recommended readings, including the seminal graphic novel by Gord Hill titled “The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book”, which beautifully outlines the history of Indigenous activism and resistance in the Americas over the past 500 years.

June is National Indigenous History Month which honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada selected June 21st – the summer solstice – for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

For more information regarding National Indigenous Peoples Day, Reconciliation and Indigenous History in Canada, click here.