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Ontario celebrates National Aboriginal Day

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Ontario celebrates National Aboriginal Day

McGuinty Government Encourages Everyone To Honour Aboriginal People Today By Taking Part In The Many Cultural Events Across The Province

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

The Ontario government is extending greetings and best wishes to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples today in celebration of National Aboriginal Day.

National Aboriginal Day is celebrated on the 21st of June every year, to recognize the ongoing contributions that Aboriginal people make to this country and to this province. 

Ontarians are encouraged to take part in the many cultural events and festivities hosted by Aboriginal peoples and Aboriginal organizations across Ontario.  Activities being held across the province and the country today include powwows, traditional drumming and dancing, musical and theatrical performances, and cultural workshops.

Quick Facts

  • In 1996 former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc declared June 21st as National Aboriginal Day.
  • Ontario has the largest Aboriginal population of any Canadian province with more than 158,000 First Nations people; more than 73,000 Métis and just over 2,000 Inuit.
  • There are 134 First Nations in Ontario.

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“Ontario is a greater place because of the unique cultures and traditions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Their history is an integral part of our history, and we know that working together is vital to our mutual success.”

Michael Bryant

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“We are proud to support Aboriginal people on this day of celebration, and continue to move forward on bringing their issues to the forefront.”

Jeff Leal

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs



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