National Aboriginal Day

Canada

History or purpose:

National Aboriginal Day takes place on June 21st, it is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Fist Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada. In 2001, members of the 14th Legislative Assembly passed the National Aboriginal Day act making the Northwest Territories the first jurisdiction in Canada to recognize this day as a formal statutory holiday.

National Aboriginal Day

Sunday, June 21st, 12am

This is an online event.

Canada’s National Aboriginal Day gives many people the chance to learn more about Aboriginal people and their contributions towards the country’s development and progress. First Nations, Métis and Inuit people have the opportunity to showcase their cultures and achievements throughout Canada on this day.

Activities and traditions

National Aboriginal Day events are held in every region across Canada. Activities and events include:
  • Summer solstice festivals
  • Barbecue fundraisers
  • Social networking gatherings with traditional and contemporary music, dance and singing
  • Sacred fire extinguishing ceremonies
  • traditional dancers
  • drummers
  • arts & crafts
Many people have pushed for a national day to recognize and celebrate Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and cultures prior to 1996. For example, in 1982 the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for June 21 to be National Aboriginal Solidarity Day.
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