Celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21st
Events Marking 21st Anniversary Happening Across Ontario
Celebrate the 21st National Aboriginal Day on June 21 with colourful and diverse events being held across the province.
National Aboriginal Day recognizes the important contributions that Indigenous peoples, their cultures and traditions have made, and continue to make, to Ontario and Canada. 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.
To mark the day, and recognize June as National Aboriginal History month, events and activities are being held across the province including:
- Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising, presented by the City of Toronto Aboriginal Celebration Committee, June 21, Toronto City Hall, Toronto
- Thunder Bay National Aboriginal Day, June 21, Prince Arthur's Landing (Marina Park),Thunder Bay
- National Aboriginal Day Celebration at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, June 21, Midland
- Indigenous Arts Festival, June 21- 25, Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto
- Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow, June 24, Fort York Toronto
- Dokis First Nation 17th Annual Traditional Pow Wow, June 24-25, Dokis First Nation
- Rainy River First Nations Pow Wow, June 16-18, Manitou Rapids
- Oshawa Métis Heritage Festival, June 24-25, Memorial Park, Oshawa
- Aboriginal History Month Celebration, June 28, presented by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Yonge and Dundas Square, Toronto
- The CN Tower and Niagara Falls will be lit in the colours of the traditional Medicine Wheel on June 21.
Ontario is also a supporting partner of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) Aboriginal Day Live 2017. On June 21, APTN is hosting a gathering and celebration of Indigenous cultures in eight cities across the country, including Ottawa and Toronto, where people can enjoy activities and a free concert in person or through a live seven-hour TV broadcast, participating radio stations and online.
Celebrating and supporting Indigenous culture is one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.
- Ontario is providing APTN with $150,000 to support the day’s festivities and broadcast.
- Former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc declared June 21 as National Aboriginal Day in 1996.
- June was declared National Aboriginal History Month in Canada in 2009.
- On June 5, 2017, Ontario released a One-Year Progress Report on The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
- This year’s National Aboriginal Day on June 21st also marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.
“National Aboriginal Day and the activities taking place this month give everyone in Ontario a chance to experience and celebrate the rich culture and traditions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. For Ontario, this is part of our commitment to work towards lasting reconciliation, building upon the work we began when we released The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples last year.”