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We publish a monthly calendar listing the main commemorative dates of different religions and cultures, as well as important dates related to the strengthening of human rights and diversity. If you have comments or suggestions for dates to add to the calendar, please contact glen.gower@ottawa.ca.

Month-long observances

National Indigenous History Month 

Pride Month

Italian Heritage Month

Filipino Heritage Month 

Portuguese Heritage Month

Important dates:

Intergenerational Day (June 1) – United Nations

This day was established in 2010 by the United Nations as a way to promote understanding, respect, and solidarity between people of all ages.

Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (June 10) – Sikh

The Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib is observed on June 16 every year in India. It’s the day to commemorate and celebrate the life of religious figure Guru Arjan Dev, who sacrificed his life for the Sikh people.

Shavuot (June 12) – Jewish

Shavuot is the second of three pilgrim festivals, and it follows the Passover by 50 days. It is also known as the Festival of Weeks, the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of the Harvest because it originally marked the end of the seven weeks of the Passover barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest.

World Day Against Child Labor (June 10) – United Nations

Every year on June 12 the World Day Against Child Labor is observed to raise awareness of the plight of child laborers worldwide.

Hajj (June 15) – Muslim

Hajj is the annual pilgrimage made by Muslims to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, in the Middle East.

Eid al-Adha (June 17) – Muslim

Eid al-Adha is a significant annual Islamic observance for many Muslims in Canada. It is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or Festival of Sacrifice as it commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God. It is a time marked by special prayers, and many Muslims gather for special prayer services.

International Day of Countering Hate Speech (June 18)

This day was established in 2019 by the UN in response to rising trends of growing racism and xenophobia, antisemitism, and anti-Muslim hatred globally.

World Refugee Day (June 20) – United Nations

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on 20 June and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) 

Day to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism (June 23)

The National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism is observed in memory of those who lost their lives to acts of terror in Canada and abroad.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24) – French Canadians

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is a religious holiday celebrated in the province of Quebec by French Canadians across Canada.

Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) 

Day to recognize and celebrate the contributions of diverse cultures to Canada.


 

Multiculturalisme et droits de la personne – juin 2024

Nous publions un calendrier mensuel qui contient les principales dates commémoratives des différentes religions et cultures, ainsi que les journées importantes liées au renforcement des droits de la personne et à la diversité. Si vous avez des commentaires à ce sujet ou des suggestions de dates à ajouter au calendrier, veuillez envoyer un courriel à glen.gower@ottawa.ca.