Days of Significance

Days of Significance

Recognizing human rights, equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility

Explore these days of significance that raise awareness about creating a more equitable, inclusive, and just community. While these days and months are important reminders to honour diversity and learn about history and adversity, we must also be mindful of continuously educating ourselves and taking action.

This is a living calendar, and members of the community are welcome to reach out with additions and updates or to let us know about any errors. For Religious Observances, UCalgary's Faith and Spirituality Centre has a full schedule available - Religious Observance Dates.

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January 1-31
Tamil Heritage Month

January 1-31
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

January 4
World Braille Day

January 8
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters — Remembering those lost on Flight PS752

January 20-24
United Island Awareness Week

January 24
World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture

January 27
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 29
National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia


February 1-28
Black History Month

February 1
World Hijab Day

February 1
Chinese New Year

First full week in Feb
White Cane Week

February 6-10
International Week

February 11
International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 12
Lunar New Year

February 14
Missing Women’s Memorial March

February 19
Family Day

February 20
World Day of Social Justice

February 22
Pink Shirt Day


March 1-31
Francophonie Month

March 1-31
Irish Heritage Month

March 1
Self-harm Awareness Day

March 8
International Women’s Day

March 8-12
United Islam Awareness Week

March 10 - April 8 (tentative)

March 13 - Apr 15
Deaf History Month

March 20
International Day of La Francophonie

March 21
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 22
World Water Day

March 25
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

March 31
Indigenous Languages Day

March 31
International Transgender Day of Visibility


April 1-30
Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month

April 1-30
Sikh Heritage Month

First Tuesday of April
National Caregiver Day 

April 2
World Autism Awareness Day

April 2 - May 1
(tentative) Ramadan

April 7
World Health Day

April 10
International Day of Pink (anti-bullying and anti-homophobia)

April 27
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

April 28
National Day of Mourning

April 30
Journey to Freedom Day


May 1-30
Asian Heritage Month

May 1-31
Canadian Jewish Heritage Month

May 5
National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) 

May 5
Dutch Heritage Day

May 17
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 20
Victoria Day

May 21
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 25
Africa Day



June 1-30
Filipino Heritage Month

June 1-30
Italian Heritage Month

June 1-30
Launch of Pride Season

June 1-30
National Indigenous History Month

June 1-30
Portuguese Heritage Month

June 2
International Sex Worker’s Day

June 15
International Day of Families

June 19
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

June 20
World Refugee Day

June 21
National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 27
Canadian Multiculturalism Day


July 1-31
Disability Pride Month

July 1
Canada Day

July 14
Mad Pride Day

July 14
International Non-Binary People’s Day

July 21
Drug Users Remembrance Day




August 1
Emancipation Day

August 9
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

August 15
National Acadian Day

August 19
World Humanitarian Day

August 23
Treaty 6 Recognition Day

August 31
International Overdose Awareness Day



September 2nd week
Mennonite Heritage Week

September 10
World Suicide Prevention Day

September 21
International Day of Peace

September 4th week
Gender Equality Week

September 30
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation | Orange Shirt Day (Canada)


October 1-31
Islamic History Month Canada

October 1-31
Women’s History Month

October 1-31
German Heritage Month

October 1-31
National Latin American Heritage Month

October 1
National Seniors Day

October 10
World Mental Health Day 

October 11
National Coming Out Day

October 11
International Day of the Girl Child

October 17
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

October 18
Persons Day

October 20
International Pronouns Day

October 26
International Intersex Awareness Day




November 1-30
Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

November 5-11
Veterans' Week

November 7
Inuit Day

November 8
Indigenous Veterans Day

November 8
Intersex Solidarity Day

November 11
Remembrance Day

November 16
Louis Riel Day

November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20
National Child Day

November 20-26
Canada History Week

November 4th Saturday
Holodomor Memorial Day

November 25
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 - December 10)


December 1 - 10
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (November 25 - December 10)

December 1
World AIDS Day

December 3
International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 6
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 10
Human Rights Day

December 14
Anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report

December 17
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

December 25
Christmas Day

December 25 - January 2
Chanukah (Hanukkah)

December 26 - January 1


International, National and Provincial Dates

International Dates

National Dates

Holidays in Alberta