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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day

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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day

McGuinty Government Encourages Ontarians To Experience Aboriginal Culture

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. This provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the numerous Aboriginal cultural events taking place across the province and learn about the rich heritage of Aboriginal peoples in Ontario and across Canada.

Aboriginal people, culture and accomplishments have played an integral role in the history of this province. The Ontario government is proud to honour these contributions and to continue moving forward to develop stronger, more positive relationships with Aboriginal people.

Events and activities highlighting the rich and unique cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit, including traditional drumming and dancing ceremonies, fiddle performances and arts and crafts shows are held across the country throughout the month of June.

For example, at 9 p.m. tonight, the CN Tower in downtown Toronto will be lit up in the colours of the traditional Medicine Wheel. The Medicine Wheel represents traditional teachings and a way of living that is still a cornerstone of First Nations cultures in North America today. It is a circle divided into four coloured sections, red, yellow, white and a dark colour such as blue or black.

Quick Facts

  • Each year National Aboriginal Day is celebrated across the country on June 21; the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.
  • Ontario is home to almost 300,000 Aboriginal people across the province.
  • The name Ontario comes from an Iroquois word meaning beautiful lake or beautiful water.
  • The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto is the oldest Aboriginal friendship centre in Canada.

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“I'd like to encourage all Ontarians to take part in one of the many Aboriginal community celebrations taking place around National Aboriginal Day.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“We need to get to know each other, and the Aboriginal community has so much to offer. National Aboriginal Day is the perfect time for all Ontarians to begin that discovery.”

Larry Frost

Executive Director of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

“Discover Toronto, discover Ontario, discover the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and their history and you will begin to discover what National Aboriginal Day is about. Join us in our celebrations.”

Chief Bryan LaForme

Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation

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