About APTN Indigenous Day Live
APTN Indigenous Day Live (IDL) is the nation’s largest event in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Through cultural and musical performances, Canadians are brought together in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ unparalleled contributions to Canada. All are welcome to take part in the celebration.
APTN Indigenous Day Live brings together both established and emerging Indigenous artists and Indigenous champions from coast-to-coast-to-coast: musicians, singers, dancers, choreographers, composers, fashion designers, writers, lighting designers and visual artists, weaving a vibrant story that binds us.
History of APTN Indigenous Day Live
In 2007, APTN spearheaded an exciting new initiative in support of National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD). This was the first edition of IDL, held in a park outside APTN’s downtown headquarters in Winnipeg, Man. The event has since relocated to The Forks and has been held at several Canadian cities.
While the past year has been undeniably challenging for the entertainment industry, APTN continues to navigate and leverage new opportunities to celebrate NIPD. APTN’s adaptability amid the global pandemic allows us to reimagine IDL in a way that prioritizes the safety of our communities, so we can celebrate together, even while apart.
What is National Indigenous Peoples Day?
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. National Aboriginal Day, as it was named at the time, was first celebrated on June 21, 1996, after being recognized through a proclamation by then Governor General Roméo LeBlanc.
On June 21, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement announcing the government’s intention to rename National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Peoples Day. National Indigenous Peoples Day is part of Celebrate Canada days, although most provinces do not recognize it as a statutory holiday.