June is a busy month for celebrating important and commemorative days in Canada.
Our country is proudly multicultural. As Canadians, we come from a wide range of races, religions, and nations, all of which makes for a diverse population and many opportunities to celebrate.
June 6 is the beginning of Seniors week, and here at Airdrie Public Library (APL), we’ll be celebrating with our popular Senior Cribbage Tournament.
June is also National Indigenous History Month, a time to recognize the long and rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
Though there is maybe not the largest Indigenous population in Airdrie, the city is situated on the lands of Treaty 7 territory, the traditional lands of the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuu T’ina , and on the homelands of the Métis Nation, Region III.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day – a date chosen to reflect the spiritual importance of the summer solstice to Indigenous people across Canada.
June 24 is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, celebrated in Quebec and by French Canadians across the country, including here among Alberta’s large Francophone community. The day’s celebrations often include parades, fireworks, feasting, and music concerts.
June 27 is Canadian Multiculturism Day, which is a time to celebrate our country’s cultural diversity and to reaffirm our commitment to equity, inclusion, and mutual respect.
June is also a time for Italian, Filipino, and Portuguese communities to showcase the invaluable contributions they have made to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of Canada.
Finally, June is the launch of Pride Season, which features a wide range of events that take place from June to September. Look for us at the Airdrie Pride festival on June 17.
Throughout the month, we’ll be participating in these important and commemorative days through our collections, programs, and events.
For more information on APL programs and events, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca