National Indigenous History Month and More!

In June, we have many things to celebrate; National Indigenous History Month, National Indigenous Peoples Day, Father’s Day, Pride Month, and the Summer Solstice.  

Since it began in 2009, National Indigenous History Month has been a way to educate, connect and promote reconciliation in Canada. This month is an ideal time to learn more about the rich history of the Indigenous peoples who shaped our country. Acknowledging our shared history builds understanding and helps preserve Indigenous culture, traditions and languages.  

June is also Pride Month! We want to honour the strength, resilience, and beauty of the 2SLGBTQQIA community. Pride Week in Toronto evolved out of protests that began in 1981, when police raided gay bathhouses and arrested nearly three hundred people. Today, the 2SLGBTQQIA community in Canada still faces violence and threats to their rights, which is why it’s more important than ever to show support. Events of Pride Toronto’s festival include the Trans March, the Dyke March and the Pride parade.


Help Us Win $20,000 in CanadaHelps Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Have you considered making a donation to Anishnawbe Health in honour of National Indigenous History Month? Your donation this month not only helps the Indigenous Community in Toronto but could also help us win $20,000. Every dollar donated to Anishnawbe Health Foundation in the month of June, qualifies us for a chance to win $20,000 from CanadaHelps Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Contest ends June 30 so there is still time left! All you have to do is make a donation at

To learn more about the Challenge visit www.givingchallenge.ca/



Reminder: Grab your tickets for the 4th Annual Reception & Auction 

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the annual Reception & Auction is back! Join us September 27th, 5:30-8:00 at Young Centre for the Performing Arts (Soulpepper Theatre) along with our host companies Beutel Goodman Investment Counsel, Fiera Capital, Guardian Capital, Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel LTD, Lincluden, Ridgewood, and Rodgers Investment Consulting in support of Anishnawbe Health Foundation.  To date, this annual event has raised over $130,000 to support the Indigenous community in Toronto.  

This year we are excited to announce that Gimaa (Chief) R. Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation is serving as our Honorary Chair and the evening will be emceed by Andre Morriseau, Board Chair, Anishnawbe Health Foundation. There will be food, drinks, entertainment, door prizes and over 20 items up for silent auction. Past auctions have included exciting items such as Indigenous art, VIP sports packages, concert tickets, and so much more.   

If you are interested in a sponsorship package or contributing an auction item, please contact Emma Cooper at ecooper@aht.ca


Author Christa Couture

Calling all Sweetgrass Monthly Giving Circle Donors 

We appreciate your monthly gift, and in the spirit of reciprocity we invite our monthly donors to participate in the Sweetgrass Reading Circle, an event exclusive to our community of monthly gift givers. 

The Sweetgrass Reading Circle is a free, quarterly gathering dedicated to discussing the thematic elements of books by Indigenous authors to foster learning and understanding of Indigenous resilience, cultures, and ultimately, truth and reconciliation. 

Our next Circle meets Thursday June 29th at 11:30am- 12:30pm. and our book pick this quarter is How To Lose Everything by Christa Couture. Christa has graciously agreed to join us to discuss her memoir.

Monthly donors can register HERE 

Interested in this event but not a monthly donor? Become a member of the Sweetgrass Circle HERE or contact jmanning@aht.ca for more information. 


Photo Courtesy of the Toronto History Museums

Na-Me-Res Pow Wow and Indigenous Arts Festival

Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate National Indigenous History Month? The Indigenous Arts Festival returns June 17 and 18 at Fort York and the entrance is FREE. Experience the Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow, shop the outdoor artisan market, enjoy live performances and art installations and explore Indigenous food vendors.

To plan your weekend visit toronto.ca/IAF



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