The first National Ribbon Skirt Day is celebrated today across our province and country
The first National Ribbon Skirt Day is celebrated today across our province and country. It will be a day every year, whether through celebrations, ceremonies, or other events, where we can learn more about Indigenous cultures, traditions, and contributions to our communities. Ribbon Skirts traditionally worn by Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people are a centuries-old symbol of identity, adaptation, and survival. They also represent a direct connection with Mother Earth.
With Isabella Kulak’s story of being shamed for wearing her handmade ribbon skirt to school, the first National Ribbon Skirt Day was recognized. Her story highlighted the long-standing injustices, racism, and discrimination faced by First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis people.
Together we must work at preventing what happened from happening again. We must all learn and understand the importance of protecting any traditions of Indigenous communities based on mutual respect and understanding for their cultures.