Ontario Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

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Ontario Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Minister Michael Bryant Encourages All Ontarians To Take Part TORONTO, June 21 - The McGuinty government is extending best wishes to all Aboriginal residents of Ontario on National Aboriginal Day 2005, a day for Ontarians to learn more about the rich culture and history of Aboriginal peoples in Ontario. "The McGuinty government encourages all Ontarians to recognize the significance of National Aboriginal Day," said Michael Bryant, Ontario Minister Responsible for Native Affairs. "National Aboriginal Day is a time for Canadians from all walks of life to better understand the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal peoples." Ontarians are encouraged to take part in powwows, traditional drumming and dancing, musical and theatrical performances, cultural workshops and other activities in communities throughout the province. Ontario has the largest population of Aboriginal people in Canada. Minister Bryant marked National Aboriginal Day 2005 by addressing participants in the "Buffalo Jump! Walk for Peace and Unity" in Toronto today. The event was organized by a Toronto-based artists' collective. Earlier this month, the Ontario government launched a new approach to build relationships with the province's Aboriginal peoples and strengthen their communities. "The McGuinty government is building a new relationship with Aboriginal peoples, a relationship based on co-operation and mutual respect," said Bryant. "We are working together to create a more prosperous future for Aboriginal children and youth." Disponible en fran├žais www.nativeaffairs.jus.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Greg Crone, Minister Bryant's Office, (416) 326-1785; Lars Eedy, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4759