Niagara Falls to be lit up purple and white tonight to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

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Published June 21, 2021 at 3:42 pm

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Niagara Falls will be backlit purple and white tonight from 9 to 9:45 and again at 10:15 to midnight to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

While June might be best-known as Pride Month to most, in Canada, it is also National Indigenous Peoples Month. June 21 was selected as National Indigenous Peoples Day because it’s the first day of the summer solstice.

Originally known as National Aborginal Day, 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of First Nations, Inuit and Meti peoples celebrating their heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements.

World War II was a particularly notable highmark for many of Canada’s indigenous communities. Though often segregated from the white soldiers, similar to the Black community’s experience, thousands of Indigenous soldiers and nurses volunteered for the war effort at home and abroad, serving with distinction in the Canadian army, navy, and air force.

When it comes to the Niagara Region, it was an area of both awe and discovery as the ancestors of today’s indigenous population first discovered it some 13,000 years ago.

As the glaciers began to retreat north, the indigenous population was the first in the world to discover Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the Niagara River.

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