Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Summer is here!  

So is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year for our hemisphere… 

June 21st is also National Indigenous Peoples Day, during which we “recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples”.  

 I am delighted to be working with two amazing Indigenous organizations:  

  • Quebec Native Women supports Indigenous women in their efforts to better their living conditions through the promotion of non-violence, justice, health and equality 
  • Legacy of Hope has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for over 23 years. Its goal is to educate Canadians about Indigenous history and existing impacts on generations of Indigenous Peoples from their time in Residential and Day School and the Child Welfare System. 

 

Did you know that today is also World Music Day?  

I didn’t know this until my assistant, Edwige, told me about it. It’s a big deal in some countries, like France, her home country, where people are encouraged to play music outside, and where free concerts are organized.  

Now I’m off to play guitar and sing on my porch!  

P.S.: Here’s a testimonial from Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and in-house Legal Counsel at the Legacy of Hope: “Julie’s translation services help us to make sure that we connect with our francophone audience. This has increased our visibility as an organization and has helped us in our work to encourage people to address discrimination and injustice, so as to contribute to the equality, dignity, and respectful treatment of Indigenous Peoples.” 

 

Source: Gouvernement du Canada  

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