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National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)

The last big event in June is National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada. This date is meant for us to stop and recognize the contributions and struggles of one of the most overlooked minority groups in the country. Despite being the first peoples of Canada, too often, their stories are erased from history.

First Day of Summer

There is just something special about the first day of summer. You know the bad weather is behind you for a while, and summertime fun is all that lies ahead for the next three months. This is a great time to start focusing on summer team-building activities and go into fall and winter strong.

Pride Day

While June is home to Pride Month, it is also home to Pride Day – for when you just need a little extra celebration, or perhaps can’t observe the whole month. Think of this as a mini-pride and use the day for reflection and uplifting the LGBTQ+ community.

Disability Pride Month

This month celebrates the existence of the disabled community. This is a great opportunity to bring visibility to the diversity within the disabled community ranging from obvious to invisible disabilities. This month should have a focus on learning how to include members of the disabled community via accommodations.

French-American Heritage Month

July is also a month that creates a special place to recognize the sizeable contributions that Americans of French roots have made to the United States. This is also a great opportunity to learn about the French-American community, which is made up of over 11 million people in the United States.

Canada Day

This holiday celebrates the anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, the passing of the British North America Act, 1867, creating the four separate colonies of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick under a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.

US Independence Day

This holiday marks the date when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This is the official date when the United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain.

The Hajj (Islam)

These dates mark a time to take a trip to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. This trip is considered an obligatory religious trip that all Muslim individuals should take at least once in their lives. The obligation to make this trip is only considered fulfilled if the trip takes place during these special days.

Eid al-Adha (Islam)

The “Feast of Sacrifice,” also known as Eid al-Adha, commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as Allah commanded. It is one of the most significant holidays in Islam. It is customary to commemorate the sacrifice, pray and attend social functions on this holiday.

World Population Day

World Population Day is a yearly event that takes place on July 11 each year to increase awareness about worldwide population concerns. The United Nations Development Programme’s Governing Council created the event in 1989.

International Non-Binary Persons Day

Every year on July 14, International Non-Binary People’s Day is dedicated in an effort to increase awareness and organize around the difficulties that non-binary people face across the globe. The inaugural commemoration of the day took place in 2012.

International Nelson Mandela Day

Celebrating South Africa’s first Black president and a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. He and F.W. de Klerk, the president of South Africa at the time, shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for spearheading the country’s transformation from apartheid to multiracial democracy.