Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate, highlight and reflect upon the rich histories, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. June 21 was chosen because it coincides with the summer solstice, a sacred and joyous time for many First Nations peoples because it marks the longest day of the year. There are lots of COVID-friendly National Indigenous Peoples Day events happening around the capital
JUNE CAROL CAVANAGH
June was born on November 26th, 1928 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
She received her education at Oliver School and Garneau High School. June married Terry Cavanagh (future Edmonton Alderman and Mayor) in 1948 and they moved to Trail, B.C. shortly thereafter.
When they returned to Edmonton in 1957, June worked in advertising and promotion for various Edmonton businesses until joining radio station CJCA, where she worked as promotions manager for 14 years.
June served one term on city council and was defeated in the 1983 election.
She was director of Bissell Centre, and was also active with the Alberta Heart Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
June passed away on December 29, 2015 at the age of 87.
Sources: Edmonton Journal, October 22, 1980; City of Edmonton Archives