Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day and United Nurses of Alberta honours the contribution of First Nations, Inuit and Métis to our union, our province and Canada.
UNA is proud to represent many nurses of Indigenous heritage, including those employed by the Blood Tribe Department of Health in Stand Off, near Cardston, and by Aakom Kiyii Health Services of the Piikani Nation at Brocket.
UNA members are encouraged to take part in National Indigenous Peoples Day events being held in communities across Alberta.
National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed by then Governor General Romeo Leblanc in 1996 and was renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017. It takes place each year throughout Canada on June 21.
National Indigenous Peoples Day provides an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about Indigenous people and show their respect for their vast contribution to Canada.