National Indigenous Heritage Month

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month across Canada, including the celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. 

Throughout the month, Hockey Canada is honouring the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples from coast to coast to coast, and their contributions at every level of the game.

We recognize the strength of Indigenous communities and acknowledge there is much work to be done.

We strive to listen, learn and engage as a first step to build the respectful relationships necessary to move toward healing and reconciliation.


We are putting out the call to Indigenous artists from the Capital Region to help us integrate Indigenous art into various aspects of the World Juniors in Ottawa!
During the 2024 TELUS Cup, the Hockey Canada Foundation made Dreams Come True for 29 young players in Membertou.
Inspiring the next generation
Jenae Bernard is passionate about being a volunteer coach and a positive role model for young Indigenous players.
Committed to his community
As a dad behind the bench or as hockey coordinator with the Tsuut’ina Nation, Kyle Dodginghorse just keeps giving back.
Giving back to the girls
With help from players like Victoria Bach, young Indigenous girls are learning about hockey and their culture.
A proud Métis, Tommy Williams used the game of hockey to give back to his community and Indigenous youth in the NWT.
Assist Fund in Action – Jay-Paul
The HCF Assist Fund helped Jay-Paul Thompson strengthen a connection to his family and give back to his community.
Keyanna Lea is embracing being behind the bench and serving as a role model for young Indigenous players in Manitoba.
The Kam River Fighting Walleye hosted Orange Wave Night to celebrate Indigenous culture and fundraise for scholarships.
Creighton Sanipass has a chance to develop as a coach and serve as a role model for tomorrow’s Indigenous athletes.
The Hockey Canada Foundation helped make Dreams Come True during the 2022 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship.
Victoria Bach is embracing her Indigenous roots and giving back, all while keeping focused on her Olympic opportunity.
HC Champion: Krista Hodder
Krista Hodder is reducing the barriers to play for young girls from the Membertou First Nation community in Nova Scotia.
Wacey Rabbit is sharing his love of the game and his people through fun skills camps he created for Indigenous kids.
Trevor Iserhoff has a unique scouting role with the Kam River Fighting Walleye, scouring First Nations communities.
Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day
We are proud to celebrate the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in more than 600 communities.
Learning the game together
The Female Indigenous Hockey Program is giving young Mi’kmaq players a chance to fall in love with Canada’s game.
Sebastien and Aries Benuen walked 330 kilometres not just for hockey, but for community, culture and their Innu values.
Jordyn and Kyla Bear want to advance their hockey careers and be role models for the Ochapowace Cree First Nation.
Israel Mianscum left home to chase his hockey dreams when he was 11, leaning on his family and his Cree heritage.
Chasing her Olympic dreams for the second time, Brigette Lacquette is carrying the hopes of the First Nations community.
In honour of National Aboriginal Day, Fred Sasakamoose shares his journey to the NHL and how he can inspire his people.
Hockey Canada is united in standing with the nation to remember the lives of 215 innocent Indigenous children whose remains were discovered at the site of a residential school built n the territory of TK’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation in Kkmaploops, BC. Every. Child. Matters
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