June 21 was chosen as “National Aboriginal Day” the day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people.
Today, National Aboriginal Day is celebrating 20 years of strong vibrant cultures and traditions. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.
Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc.
In our District, the Aboriginal Education Department has put together a resource booklet, which includes five ways to celebrate and honour National Aboriginal Day at school or in the community.
This booklet has been sent to schools both electronically and in hard copy.