Celebration Dates
*JRPM may look a little different this year due to COVID-19. While recreation and parks still provide many benefits, some of the celebration ideas listed below are not the best thing to do at this time (such as organizing community events or gathering together to celebrate). Keep checking back for the latest information, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and/or Instagram for updates.

June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM) recognizes the importance of recreation and parks to the wellbeing of our communities. There are a number of special days in June, which provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate the many benefits of recreation and parks:

Intergenerational Day

June 1: Intergenerational Day

Intergenerational Day was created in 2010 to raise awareness of the many benefits of respectful relations between generations. For instance, when people of different ages spend time together, it results in increased empathy and a reduction in ageism and isolation.

Recreation can be the perfect vehicle for bringing different generations together and providing opportunities for fun, learning, and connection. Celebrate this day by engaging in your favourite recreational activities with family, friends, and community members of different generations.

Check out our feature news post for Intergenerational Day.

National Health and Fitness Day

June 1: National Health and Fitness Day

In 2014, the National Health and Fitness Day Act was passed, establishing a day to promote health and fitness for all Canadians. With preventable illnesses on the rise and daily physical activity on the decline, this initiative aims to raise awareness and challenge Canadians to live a more active life.

Physical activity contributes to improved health, both physical and mental, and enhances quality of life. Take time to celebrate by getting up, getting out, and getting active on the first Saturday of June.

International Trails Day

June 1: International Trails Day

International Trails Day falls on the first Saturday of June. This event grew out of National Trails Day, created in 1992 by the American Hiking Society. While National Trails Day is still celebrated in the United States, its international counterpart encourages people across the globe to show their appreciation for trails and the people that build and maintain them.

Trails encourage healthy lifestyles and provide opportunities for people to connect with the land. Celebrate International Trails Day by heading out to your favourite local trail or visiting a new one.

Inuvialuit Day

June 5: Inuvialuit Day

Inuvialuit Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Inuvialuit
Final Agreement
, which took place on June 5, 1984. This was the first
comprehensive land claim agreement to be signed north of 60, and the second
ever signed in Canada. The agreement established the Inuvialuit Settlement
Region, which includes the communities of Aklavik, Ulukhaktok, Inuvik,
Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, and Tuktoyaktuk.

Inuvialuit Day is usually celebrated with drum dancing, music, northern
games, and plenty of traditional food, including muktuk, char chowder, and
goose. If you’re in Inuvik on June 5, head to Jim Koe Park to join the festivities.

World Environment Day

June 5: World Environment Day

In 1974, the United Nations designated June 5: World Environment Day. The goal of this initiative was to deepen environmental awareness and global acknowledgment of the importance of environmental preservation and enhancement.

Each year, World Environment Day has a theme. The focus in 2019 is air pollution. What can you do to #BeatAirPollution? One way is to choose active transportation. Celebrate World Environment Day by leaving your vehicle at home and biking or walking instead; it’s great for the environment and offers a host of health benefits to you.

Clean Air Day

June 5: Clean Air Day

In Canada, Clean Air Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of Canadian Environment Week. Designated in 1999, this national day made clean air an official priority of the federal government and Canadians alike. This year, Clean Air Day and World Environment Day share a focus on air quality and both fall on June 5.

Air quality plays an important role in physical health; it is also important to social and economic well-being. You can celebrate Clean Air Day by recognizing the environmental and health impacts of clean air and taking simple actions to reduce air pollution. Opt for an active form of transportation, like walking or cycling, to get to where you’re going. While you’re out and about, take time to breathe the clean air we can take for granted in the NWT.

World Oceans Day

June 8: World Oceans Day

Oceans affect rainwater, weather, coastlines, food, medicines, the air we breathe, and much more. While the concept was first proposed in 1992, it wasn’t until 2008 that the United Nations officially designated June 8 as World Oceans Day. This initiative was created to increase awareness of the role oceans play in our lives and the ways we can protect them.

Like World Environment Day, World Oceans Day always has a theme. In 2019, the focus is gender and the ocean. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the NWT’s coastal communities, this is the perfect opportunity to spend time on the water or ice. If you’re a little further from the Arctic Ocean, show your appreciation for World Oceans Day by visiting the link below to learn more about how gender equity relates to oceans.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In 2011, the United Nations designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This day sheds light on a social problem that is often hidden, but which affects an estimated 1 in 6 older adults. While Elder abuse can be physical, it also comes in other forms such as neglect or financial abuse.

Participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by taking time to connect with older generations in a respectful, meaningful way. June 15 is also a good opportunity to educate yourself on the signs of Elder abuse and what you can do to help.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly National Aboriginal Day, was created in 1996 and renamed in 2017. This day celebrates the achievements, heritage, and rich cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in the place that came to be called Canada. June 21 was chosen to coincide with the summer solstice, a significant date for many Indigenous nations and peoples.

National Indigenous Peoples Day has been a statutory holiday in the NWT since 2001. Celebrations take place across the territory, so take time to visit an event happening near you. Fish fries, canoe races, drum dances, traditional games, and musical performances are some of the ways that communities in the NWT commemorate June 21. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a great opportunity to celebrate or connect with your Indigenous heritage and community, or to learn more about the unique cultures and heritage of Indigenous peoples in the NWT.

Saint-Jean Baptiste Day

June 24: Saint-Jean Baptiste Day

June 24 is Saint-Jean Baptiste Day in Canada. Also known as Fête nationale
du Québec and fête de la francophonie canadienne, this day celebrates the
contributions, heritage, and culture of French-Canadians.

Music, food, and festivities are common at celebrations across the country,
so check out an event near you and immerse yourself in Francophone culture.

National Canoe Day

June 26: National Canoe Day

Canoes are a part of our national heritage, and in 2007 the CBC solidified the canoe’s status as a Canadian icon. The Canadian Canoe Museum responded by designating June 26 as National Canoe Day. The initiative was established to increase participation in paddlesports across the country and across generations.

While canoes are used in many ways, a recreational paddle with family and friends is a great way to celebrate National Canoe Day.

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 27: Canadian Multiculturalism Day

In 2002, the Government of Canada designated June 27 as Canadian Multiculturalism Day to celebrate the diversity of peoples who are part of this country, but also the values of equality and mutual respect. Canadian Multiculturalism Day recognizes the contributions of different cultural groups to our communities and Canada.

Find an event near you, celebrate with your community, and take the opportunity to learn about the diverse cultures that make up our country.

Don’t forget to show your appreciation for recreation and parks by sharing on social media using the hashtags #recforlife and #JRPM, and tagging @nwtrpa.