June 3, 2023
Welcome to June, a month full of vibrant celebrations and profound awareness days. This month, we journey through an array of observances from Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month, to Juneteenth and National Indigenous Peoples Day. Each occasion encourages us to learn, appreciate, and honor the diverse facets of our global community. Join us as we dive into these remarkable days, exploring our collective strength, shared histories, and the importance of inclusivity. Let's discover, learn, and join the conversations that matter. Let the journey begin!
Children’s Awareness Month
Children’s Awareness Month focuses on a generation of leaders who will pave the way for our future while addressing the barriers faced by our future leaders. Did you know that the word ‘June’ relates to ‘children?’ It is derived from the Latin word ‘Juventuss’ which translates to ‘youth.’ This is why the month of June is annually set aside to celebrate and focus on children. Learn more here.
Pride Month is a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots in 1969, which were protests in response to police raids at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. This resulted in the LGBTQIA+ community, bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting. Today, there are parades, festivals, and concerts across the globe in celebration of the LGBTQIA+ love. Learn more here and find events here.
Immigrant Heritage Month
Immigrant Heritage Month celebrates our shared heritage as an immigrant nation and the important contributions to our economy, culture, and common identity by immigrants from all around the world. The celebration is an opportunity to explore and celebrate different backgrounds as well as create awareness on how diversity and immigration are both essential elements of our social fabric. Learn more here.
Intergenerational Day - June 1st
Intergenerational Day is a way to bring different generations together by helping them see the similar connections they have with each other. Learn more about ageism and intergenerational solidarity here.
Russian Language Day - June 6th
Russian Language Day highlights the use and spread of the Russian language around the world. Established by the United Nations, Russian Language Day coincides with the birthday of Alexander Pushkin, a Russian poet. Learn a little Russian here.
Visually Impaired People Day - June 6th
Visually Impaired People Day brings attention to people with vision impairment or loss and hopes to create supportive ecosystems for them. Learn about a day in the life of a person who is visually impaired here.
Linggo ng Kalayaan - June 6th-12th
Linggo ng Kalayaan, or Independence Week, is a week-long celebration before the Philippines Independence Day. Learn more here.
Race Unity Day - June 11th
Race Unity Day, which is also known as Race Amity Day, is observed annually on the second Sunday of June. The purpose is to combat racism by focusing attention on racial prejudice and promoting more unity for all. Learn more here.
National Loving Day - June 12th
National Loving Day is about spreading love but also references the names of Mildred and Richard Loving, who fought against the laws confining them and everyone else from marrying interracially. Learn more here.
Juneteenth - June 19th
Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the legal emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It emphasizes education, achievement, reflection and rejoicing. Learn more here.
Learning Disability Week - June 19th-25th
Learning Disability Week aims to educate, spread awareness, and increase understanding of learning disabilities. Learn more here.
National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21st
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Learn more here.