Skip to content

Honour Indigenous History Month with Songs, Stories, and More

June 10, 2021

June is National Indigenous History Month. This month is honoured every year to recognize the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Canada. We can amplify and celebrate Indigenous voices, cultures, languages and perspectives all year long with books, songs, and more.

On this page…

Journey Together Program for Children and Families

We are so grateful to partner with The Indigenous Network and Journey Together Outreach Program. When our centres were open, Journey Together programs took place regularly and we would enjoy drumming, singing, activities, stories and more.

We are excited to announce we will be continuing Journey Together online! On Wednesday, June 16th 1:30pm-2:00pm families with children 3-6 years will join our partners, Faron Sond and Wanda Curnew from The Indigenous Network for a virtual demonstration and lesson on smudging, as well as Ojibway stories, songs, and drumming. Families are welcome to bring a musical instrument of their choice to play along (optional).

Sharing and learning the ritual and importance of smudging to many Indigenous cultures.
Journey Together Program in centre, 2019: sharing the ritual and importance of smudging.

Indigenous Songs

Wichita-do-ya Water Song

This beautiful Anishinaabe Water Song is filled with the sounds of water in Spring. Sing and drum along to Wichita-do-ya:

Cat’s Lullaby

Grab your shakers and sing along to Cat’s Lullaby! Before Théo sings, she talks about how this lullaby was created. Sing along here:

Books by Indigenous Authors

We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp

Celebrate welcoming a child into your family along with the love and gifts you share with one another with We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp. Richard Van Camp is the author of 26 books and is Tłı̨chǫ Dene from Fort Smith, North West Territories.

Read along to We Sang You Home here:

Nibi is Water by Joanne Robertson

Written in English and Anishinaabemowin (an Ojibwe language), Joanne Robertson shows us the relationship we have with water. Joanne Robertson is an author, illustrator and activist. She is AnishinaabeKwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

Learn more about Nibi is Water from the author here:

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel

How are you feeling today? Brave like a bear? Creative like a rabbit? Curious like a porcupine? Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel teaches children the meaning of each Anishnaabe totem animal. Danielle Daniel is an author, illustrator, and painter of Algonquin Anishinaabe, French and Scottish descent.

Read along to Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox here:

You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith

Being kind, listening, and sharing are just a few ways to we show our love and support to one another. Read along to You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith to explore all the ways we hold each other up. Monique Gray Smith is an author, speaker, and consultant. She is Cree, Lakota and Scottish.

Read along to You Hold Me Up here:

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

This beautiful book about love, care, and community explores the gifts that the world gives baby Kulu. Author Celina Kalluk is Inuit-Canadian. In addition to her work as an author, Celina is an educator and musician – often preforming Inuit throat singing.

Read along to Sweetest Kulu here:

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

A Cree grandfather explains to his granddaughter why he can’t remember how to say “grandfather” in Cree. Stolen Words by Melanie Florence shows us the damage caused by residential schools. Melanie Florence is an author of Cree and Scottish heritage.

Read along to Stolen Words here:

My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith

What fills your heart with happiness? My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith describes some of the happy moments in a day, like dancing and listening to stories.

Read along to My Heart Fills with Happiness here:

More Resources to Explore

For more resources and ideas, subscribe to our newsletter.

We are also offering online family programs every day of the week via Zoom—find a program that fits your routine! We offer some programs with ASL interpretation and others in French, Mandarin, Punjabi and Urdu. Find out more on our Schedules page!