« First Peoples » refers to Inuit, First Nations and Métis.
In English, the word Inuit means “the people” (plural), while Inuk is used for an individual (singular). So, it is not necessary or grammatically correct to add an “s” to Inuit!
According to UNESCO, there are approximately
Indigenous people around the world, living in over 70 countries.
In 2016, in Canada, there were
1 673 785
Indigenous people, 4.76% of the total population.
“Pow-wow” comes from an Anishinabe word meaning “medicine man” or “he who dreams.” A pow-wow is a gathering where people celebrate life with songs, dances, ceremonies, rites and demonstrations of hospitality and harmony.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It has been inscribed in the Constitution of Canadian since 1996. The date was chosen because June 21 is the summer solstice, which has important symbolism in Indigenous cultures. There is also an International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on August 9.