What is National Aboriginal Day?
June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. 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. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
For more information on what led to the creation of this special day visit the Government of Canada website.
Locally, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools First Nations, Inuit and Métis Advisory and Leadership Committees will be hosting a Pipe Ceremony on the St. Albert Parish grounds. A number of additional initiatives are underway as part of the ongoing work of these two committees. To learn more visit the District website.
The City of St. Albert will also be celebrating the significance of this day with a Festival in Lions Park on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Learn more about the activities planned for the day on the Facebook page.