National Aborginal Day – June 21, 2010

Since 1996, Canada’s National Aboriginal Day is annually held on June 21st.  There are three Aboriginal groups in Canada ~ the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

This year’s theme is “Power of Youth, Wisdom of Elders”.  National Aboriginal Day Events are planned across Canada, recognizing the different cultures, languages and traditions of Canada’s First Peoples. Activities and events include

  • Summer solstice festivals.
  • Barbecue fundraisers.
  • Social gatherings with traditional and contemporary music, dance and singing.
  • Sacred fire ceremonies.
  • Traditional feasts, which may include fry bread and moose stew.
  • The cutting of a cake to honor National Aboriginal Day.

Setting aside a day for Aboriginal Peoples is part of the wider recognition of their important place within the fabric of Canada.  As former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson said, “It is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our respect and admiration for First Nations, for Inuit, for Métis — for the past, the present and the future.”

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