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About Waacus Salee > National Indigenous Peoples Day


Every June is National Indigenous History Month, and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Anchored in Waacus Salee Frog Spirit Initiative at Frog Hollow, we celebrate NIHM and NIPD, honouring the important role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples & their diverse cultures in shaping the history on this land.

Moving forward and beyond, we continue creating opportunities and space within the community for the learning of Indigenous cultures & histories, encouraging dialogues on decolonization and re-indigenization. 

Learn about ways to make NIHM & NIPD meaningful.


Resources List

*Disclaimer: All information and resources in this list are for informational purposes only.


Warrior Life – by Pam Palmater

An Indigenous podcast about the warrior life – featuring voices of Indigenous warriors, advocates & leaders on the front lines of Indigenous resistance, resurgence and revitalization who are protecting our lands, peoples and sovereignty.

Land Back – by CBC

Land Back uncovers land theft in Canada and looks at how Indigenous people are reclaiming their territories, identities and lives.

The Urbariginal – by CBC

Rudy Kelly’s dad was a great chief of the Tsimshian Nation – a champion of the language, culture, and community. Everyone loved him. But did Rudy? As a kid, he looked up to him. Idolized him. But also feared him. And even hated him. He told Rudy that to succeed, he would have to leave everything behind: his family, friends, and culture. In this six-part series, Rudy’s journey brings him back in time, to learn how colonization impacted Indigenous people, from those who lived it. To find out who and what his dad really was, and to discover more about himself – the Urbariginal

Growing up Indigenous when you don’t look it

“Belonging in Unceded Territory”


Online Courses:

BCSIS E-Learning Course: Indigenous Worldview vs Colonized Worldview

BCSIS E-Learning Course: Decolonize Yourself – Connecting to Your Indigeneity

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education- University of British Columbia

Indigenous Canada – University of Alberta


Bones of Crows (2023)Written, directed, and produced by Dene/Métis artist Marie Clements (Red Snow, The Road Forward), the work is inspired by the true life story of a Cree matriarch named Aline Spears.

Tia and Piujuq (2018) – Tia, a 10 year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic where she befriends an Inuk girl with who she immerses herself in a world of Inuit myth and magic.

Smoke Signals (1998) – On a Coeur d’Alene, an Idaho reservation, nothing ever changes until the estranged father of Victor Joseph bites the dust in Arizona and Victor must collect the cremated remains. Victor can’t afford the fare, but annoying nerd Thomas Builds-the-Fire will float Victor a loan if Thomas can tag along. This tale of self-discovery is based on acclaimed author Sherman Alexie’s short stories.



“21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality” – by Bob Joseph

Braiding Sweetgrass- Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants – by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Short Documentary:


Books: See list from Frog Hollow Indigenous Books Library (P’ipa:m Lelum Library)


Imagining a Better Future: An Introduction to Teaching and Learning about Settler Colonialism in Canada

National Indigenous Month – why it’s important

Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers – Surrey Local Immigration Partnership

Frog Hollow NIPD Playlist:

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