What is National Aboriginal Day?
The Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) website notes the following about National Aboriginal Day:
- June 21st is National Aboriginal Day (NAD), 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. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
- In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21st, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Aboriginal 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.
- While all Government of Canada departments support NAD, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and Canadian Heritage work together to promote it. AANDC provides resources and ideas for events, while Canadian Heritage provides funding opportunities for community celebratory events.
National Aboriginal Day Events
There are a variety of events that the public can attend on June 21st, to recognize and celebrate the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.