What is National Aboriginal Day?
June 21st is National Aboriginal Day, a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
Setting aside a day for Aboriginal Peoples is part of the wider recognition of Aboriginal Peoples’ important place within the fabric of Canada and their ongoing contributions as First Peoples. As former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson said, “It is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our respect and admiration for First Nations, for Inuit, for Métis — for the past, the present and the future. ”
National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996, by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc. Today National Aboriginal Day is part of the annual nation-wide Celebrate Canada events: a four-day celebration that begins with National Aboriginal Day, continues with St-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day, and then concludes with Canada Day.
To acknowledge National Aboriginal Day in your class, consider sharing a music video with your students made by students in Bella Coola that celebrates the strength of Aboriginal people: http://nwejinan.com/medicine-music-video-bella-coola-b-c/
or a music video made by students to bring attention to the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women: http://nwejinan.com/highway-music-video-kitsumkalum-first-nation-b-c/
or this music video made by elementary students that shows a path to reconciliation in Canada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9mJYjUWGS8
- To celebrate National Aboriginal Day, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) offers a number of free promotional and educational resources for children and adults. Here is the link:
- Here are some community events that will celebrate National Aboriginal Day.
Aboriginal Day Celebration at City Centre Community Centre in Richmond
Join us on June 17th for City Centre’s Aboriginal Day Celebration. A harmonious space will be provided at City Centre Community Centre, led by urban Aboriginal artists, to connect the newcomer community and longstanding Richmond residents, through a series of cultural exchanges and artistic expressions including:
Community engaged art piece to signify Cultural Harmony facilitated by Aboriginal Educator, Terry Point from the Musqueam Nation
Drumming performed by Elder, Old Hands
Singing performed by vocalist, Fara Palmer
Aboriginal Dance performed by dancers, Naomi and Tristan arranged by Ms. Janice Black
FREE, for all ages, 4:00-6:00pm, Saturday June 17th, Multipurpose Room 1
In recognition of Canada 150, the community art piece will be exhibited at the community centre and other locations within the City of Richmond.