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DEI Calendar for June 2024

The month of June holds special importance as it marks the beginning of Pride Season and Indigenous History Month. It is essential that we recognize and honour these observances, alongside other notable dates in Canada, which we will share with you below. Bookmark this DEI Calendar for June 2024 to use in your workplace and beyond.

DEI Calendar for June 2024:

Pride Season:

The month of June has long been marked as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. In June 2021, the Government of Canada announced the launch of Pride Season to address that a month to celebrate Pride in Canada isn’t enough.

It now runs from June through September and involves countering the bigotry and violence faced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community with confidence, solidarity, and self-affirmation. It is a time to celebrate the spirit and resilience of 2SLGBTQIA+ folk and foreground their ongoing struggle for freedom.

Indigenous History Month:

June is Indigenous History Month in Canada – a time to celebrate and recognize the rich history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It’s also a time to reflect on how settler colonialism has shaped and continues to shape the world we live in.

Filipino Heritage Month

A chance to celebrate the Filipino community and their contributions to Canadian society. It’s a time to honour the rich cultural heritage, traditions, and achievements of the Filipino-Canadian community.

Italian Heritage Month

Italian Heritage Month allows us to recognize and appreciate the rich heritage and valuable contributions Italian Canadians.

Portuguese Heritage Month

Portuguese Heritage Month provides an opportunity to honor the history, culture, and achievements of Portuguese immigrants and their impact on Canadian society.

June 5 – World Environment Day

World Environment Day is a global event to raise awareness and take action for the protection of our planet.

June 12 – World Day Against Child Labour

A day that calls for collective efforts to protect children’s rights, ensure their access to education, and promote their well-being.

June 19 – Juneteenth

June 19th, 1865, marks a day in African American history that signifies emancipation, liberation, and a step toward independence. It is a day to reflect on the injustices that African Americans have faced for nearly two centuries, and to grow as a nation that continues to strive for unity and equality for all.

June 20 – World Refugee Day

A chance to advocate for the rights of refugees and promote a culture of inclusivity and compassion.

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

A time to celebrate and recognize the rich culture, heritage and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. It’s also a time to promote reconciliation towards Indigenous communities. It serves as a reminder of the importance of acknowledging and addressing the historical injustices and ongoing challenges faced by Indigenous peoples.

June 27 – Canadian Multiculturalism Day

A day to encourage us to embrace and respect the various cultures, languages, and traditions that make up Canada.

How You Can Show Up for Communities This Month

Showing up for equity-deserving communities is essential this month and every month beyond. This month presents opportunities for community action. Showing up is a great, cost-effective way to actively participate in making a difference! Here are a few ways you could participate:

  • Educate yourself with learnings that can be found on our Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Donating to relevant organizations
  • Attend events and workshops in your local area or online
  • Volunteer your time and skills with organizations that serve marginalized communities

Remember to extend these efforts beyond the month and back them up with consistent actions to scale diversity, equity, and inclusivity in your workspaces and on individual levels!


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