National Aboriginal Day

Celebrate on June 21

aboriginal_dayNational Aboriginal Day is an occasion for all Canadians to celebrate the rich contribution Aboriginal people have made to Canada. Find suggested events to help you celebrate this special day, either on your own, with family and friends, or with hundreds and thousands of other people celebrating National Aboriginal Day across Canada.

Proclaimed by the Governor General in 1996, National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.

In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21st for National Aboriginal Day because it is also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For generations, many Aboriginal peoples have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day.

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