Canada celebrates diversity in June
June 18, 2021
In Canada, June is National Indigenous History Month, Italian Heritage Month, Portuguese Heritage Month, Filipino Heritage Month, LGBTQ2+ Pride, and others.
There is no central Canadian authority that decides what is a nationally-recognized commemorative day, week, or month. Essentially any group from inside or outside Canada can call for recognition during a certain timeframe, and they might actually receive it — provided it aligns with Canadian values.
Diversity and inclusion are some of the key Canadian values, which is why there are so many commemorative holidays for different groups of people throughout the year. These events are — for the most part — not official days off, but they are intended to drum up conversations that will help us better understand each other.
Here are some of the ways Canadians celebrate diversity in June.