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Arts Fund supports community engagement

For Release #12-126
June 28, 2012

Whitehorse—Fourteen art organizations will share $149,845 through Yukon’s Arts Fund to help develop art appreciation and engagement.

“Celebrating Yukon’s unique and diverse cultures by engaging youth, First Nations and community residents in skills development and art appreciation is what the Arts Fund is all about,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The groups supported with this recent round of funding show a high level of creativity and thoughtful expression reflective of Yukon’s commitment to grow art appreciation across all communities.”

by NationTalk on June 29, 2012663 Views

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God’s Country/Gzhe-minidoo Ki – June 21-July 28, 2012

Scott Benesiinaabandan, Douglas Cardinal
Tannis Neilson & Frank Shebageget

Curators: Howard Adler (Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation)
Christopher Wong (Chippewa’s of Nawash First Nation)

June 21 to July 28, 2012, Opening Thursday, June 21 6:30–8:30pm

Curators Notes:
God’s Country is a radio station for Christian country and southern gospel music… God’s Country is located in Potters County, Pennsylvania, it is “unspoiled, untouched” and “untamed”… God’s Country is a modern day story of slavery, young women ignored by the police and protected by “freedom of religion” are trapped in polygamous communities scattered throughout North America… God’s Country, often abbreviated to “godzone,” is a phrase that has been used by New Zealanders and Australians to describe their homeland… God’s Country was used by the Confederate army to describe parts of Tennessee in the 1860’s, it was also used to describe California, and to describe the land of the Mississippi plains; it is still occasionally used to describe the United States, and parts of Canada.

by NationTalk on June 28, 2012487 Views

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Investments in Arts and Culture Build a Stronger Economy in Alberta

Edmonton, June 27, 2012 – Arts, culture, and official-language organizations will help create jobs and growth throughout Alberta, thanks to investments from the Government of Canada. Today, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced support for 69 projects. Minister Moore made the announcement at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the presence of representatives of Edmonton’s arts and culture community.

Funding will support a wide range of arts, culture, and official-language organizations in Alberta that will generate jobs and strengthen the local economy. Organizations receiving support include the Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society, the Edmonton Folk Festival, the Citadel Theatre, and the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta.

by NationTalk on June 28, 2012438 Views

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New Book Examines Indian Residential Schools in Canada

Author Robert P. Wells offers interesting perspectives on Indian life in Canada.

Kingston, Ontario – June 26, 2012

In his new book “Wawahte: Subject: Canadian Indian Residential Schools” (published by Trafford Publishing), Robert P. Wells delves into his past and the historic policies he observed as a person growing up in a life governed by laws imposed by the Canadian government on Indian, First Nations or native people.

In “Wawahte” Wells focuses on three people, offering readers an intimate glimpse into their lives and their pasts. By looking at these three native people – Ester, a little Cree girl; Bunnie, a girl abandoned by her family and left to be raised by an Indian residential school; and Stanley, a community elder – Wells hopes to expose what he sees as injustices brought on by policies forcing Indian students into residential schools.

by NationTalk on June 26, 20121013 Views

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Ministers Ashfield and Aglukkaq Recognize Fifth Annual Celebration of the Seal

Ottawa, Ontario – The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Minister for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to the Government of Nunavut, Inuit leaders and the Fur Institute of Canada on the fifth annual Celebration of the Seal, a community event to highlight and celebrate the Inuit connection with, and appreciation for, the seal.

by NationTalk on June 25, 2012496 Views

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Lheidli T’enneh Public Art Unveiled at City Hall

June 21, 2012
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Prince George, BC – Today at City Hall, Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick, Mayor Shari Green, and artists Robert Frederick and Jennifer Annaïs Pighin joined together with Elders to unveil a public art project representative of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation’s culture and heritage. The project incorporates a traditional dugout canoe with the outer shell carved in images portraying a Lheidli T’enneh legend, passed down through generations of oral traditions. Surrounding the canoe is a flowerbed ledge with a glass tile mosaic depicting eleven life-size fish species native to the Nechako and Fraser Rivers in the Prince George Region.

by NationTalk on June 25, 2012931 Views

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Métis Games Celebrated at National Aboriginal Day Event

June 22, 2012

On June 21, Métis from all across the homeland are celebrated National Aboriginal Day (Click here to read a National Aboriginal Day Message from Métis Nation of Ontario President Gary Lipinski). National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Ottawa include a four day Solstice Festival in Vincent Massey Park. During this Festival Métis volunteers and Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) staff members are offering the Métis games. These games, which are a popular part of MNO Annual General Assemblies and other special events, offer participants the chance to learn about Métis culture and have fun at the same time!

by NationTalk on June 25, 2012649 Views

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Heritage conservation efforts aided through Alberta Historical Resources Foundation grant programs

June 22, 2012

Edmonton… From High Prairie and Athabasca in the north to East Coulee and the Crowsnest Pass in the south, individuals, organizations and municipalities are working to preserve, protect and promote the heritage and history of Alberta. Those efforts received a helping hand with the awarding of more than $1.4 million in Alberta Historical Resources Foundation’s (AHRF) heritage grants.

“Culture connects our past with our present and gives us insight into our future,” said Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk. “Albertans take great pride in the history and heritage of our province and bringing that history to life for our youth and future generations is essential to our cultural life. With the heritage grants, we are supporting the work of dedicated heritage conservationists and those who continue to create awareness of our rich and colourful past.”

by NationTalk on June 25, 2012537 Views

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Whitehorse Celebrates Completion of Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Whitehorse, Yukon, June 21, 2012 – Officials from the federal and territorial governments and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation were on hand today to celebrate the grand opening of the new Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, located on the beautiful Whitehorse waterfront.

The new Centre celebrates both the heritage and contemporary way of life of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and is a gathering place for people of all cultures. The new Centre will have the capacity to host events and exhibits, offer cultural programming and language classes, and will be a place where people can learn about the Kwanlin Dün culture through the sharing of stories, art, music and traditional food.

by NationTalk on June 22, 2012637 Views

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New Uashassihtsh complex in Mashteuiatsh made possible by funding from the Government of Canada

Mashteuiatsh, Quebec, June 21, 2012 – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, took the opportunity of today’s official inauguration of the new Uashassihtsh complex showcasing Ilnuatsh culture and ancestral traditions to note that federal funding was granted for the construction of this facility in Mashteuiatsh.

“By funding the construction of the Uashassihtsh complex, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to fostering the growth of tourism, a high-yield sector for the Quebec and Canadian economies,” said Minister Lebel.

by NationTalk on June 22, 2012437 Views

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Premier’s Statement on National Aboriginal Day

For Immediate Release
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June 21, 2012

Office of the Premier

Victoria – Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement to mark National Aboriginal Day:

“June 21, National Aboriginal Day, is an important day in British Columbia and across Canada. Today, we celebrate the heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

“Aboriginal people are a vital part of B.C.’s economy and our culture. Because Aboriginal youth represent the fastest-growing demographic in our province, the importance of Aboriginal people in B.C. will only grow in the years ahead. They will play a key role in maintaining the province’s strength and in creating an even brighter future for all British Columbians.

by NationTalk on June 22, 2012397 Views

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Youth Winners honoured at Reception hosted by Joseph Boyden at Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg

First Prize Winner leads Manitoban Finalists in Aboriginal Art and Writing Awards

Winnipeg – June 21, 2012 – Seventeen-year-old Tommy Starr from Pine Creek First Nation in Northern Manitoba placed first in the Junior Writing Category of The Historica-Dominion Institute’s annual Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge for his work A Day with the Grandfathers.” Tommy joined Giller winner Joseph Boyden at a special awards reception today at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg, along with fellow winners , Stephanie Wesley (29) of Thunder Bay, Ontario Victoria Swain (17) of Bruce Mines, Ontario, and Melanie Jewell (24) of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012498 Views

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Toronto celebrates National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2012

The 18th annual National Aboriginal Day, hosted by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee, began this morning with a sunrise ceremony and flag raising at Toronto City Hall.

Traditional teacher Steve Teekens led the ceremony with Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, reading the proclamation for National Aboriginal Day in Toronto. The ceremony was followed by the flag raising.

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012457 Views

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Committing to equality on Aboriginal Solidarity Day: June 21

“We know there is much work to do before equality is achieved for all citizens, especially for Aboriginal peoples. Our work to end poverty and homelessness and to eliminate discrimination in all areas of employment is far from over.” – James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Ottawa (20 June 2012) – June 21 is celebrated as Aboriginal Solidarity Day across the country, a day first proclaimed in 1996 as an annual occasion to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Collectively the groups make up the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. The date of June 21 was selected for several reasons, including the fact that it coincides with the summer solstice.

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012600 Views

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NAN Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2012

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is joining First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples across Canada today in celebrating National Aboriginal Day, a day proclaimed in June 1996 by the Governor General of Canada to celebrate Aboriginal culture and diversity while recognizing the contributions Aboriginal peoples have made towards shaping Canada.

“This is a day where Aboriginal people from across Canada celebrate who we are as a culture and promote diversity amongst our community,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy who will be taking part at opening ceremonies. “This is a time to celebrate our accomplishments and the richness of our culture. ”

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012579 Views

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UFCW – National Aboriginal Day — June 21, 2012

In Canada, National Aboriginal Day is commemorated each year on June 21. When this day was first proclaimed by the Governor General of Canada in 1996, the Canadian Constitution recognized the three groups of Aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis; each possessing their own diverse heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

Yet eleven years later, in 2007, Canada shamefully declined to join 144 other nations as a signatory of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). That that same year, our national partner First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), lodged a formal complaint against the Canadian government before the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The complaint outlined the longstanding and continuing discrimination of the Canadian government by its underfunding of First Nations children on reserves, compared to non-Aboriginal children in the general community.

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012459 Views

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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day June 21

News Release – June 21, 2012

Proclaimed in 1996, National Aboriginal Day honours the diverse culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people across Canada. Today, on the first day of summer, the Government of Saskatchewan joins all Aboriginal peoples in celebrating their important contributions to the history of the province of Saskatchewan and throughout Canada.

“National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness, share knowledge, and highlight the rich aboriginal culture and traditions that are an important part of the province of Saskatchewan,” Government Relations Minister and Minister responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Jim Reiter said.

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012438 Views

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Toronto’s leading lights gather at the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards Lunch

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Toronto’s leading lights will gather on June 21 for the presentation of the 2012 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards at The Mayor’s Arts Awards Lunch hosted by Red Sky’s Sandra Laronde. This annual event, organized by Toronto Arts Foundation, celebrates artists, cultural professionals, businesses, and philanthropists who have helped build Toronto’s vibrant civic life through significant and innovative contributions to the city’s arts and culture scene. Acclaimed Hannaford Street Silver Band will kick off the event with celebratory fanfare. Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett, now celebrating 30 years of Afro-Cuban music-making, will take the stage with pianist Hilario Duran to perform duets from their latest recording Cuban Rhapsody. Following the performance at Arcadian Court, five awards, with cash prizes totaling $43,500, will be presented.

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012833 Views

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National Aboriginal Day

Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat
Executive Council Office
Office of the Premier

20 June 2012

Fredericton (GNB) – The following message was released today by Premier David Alward, minister responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, in recognition of National Aboriginal Day:

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day across Canada. This day is significant because many generations of First Nations people traditionally celebrate their heritage during the summer solstice, which also occurs on June 21. It is also an opportunity for everyone to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions that First Nations people have made in the development of our province and our country. National Aboriginal Day offers a chance to celebrate together and to learn more about each other.

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012656 Views

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June 21 is National Aboriginal Day

June 20, 2012
For immediate release

Executive Council Office

Islanders are encouraged to participate in National Aboriginal Day celebrations taking place on Thursday, July 21, says Premier Robert Ghiz, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.

“National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to experience the rich culture of Aboriginal Peoples here in Prince Edward Island and across Canada,” said Premier Ghiz. “Celebrations are taking place in both Island cities that will showcase some of the many talents and traditions of Aboriginal People.”

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012486 Views

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National Aboriginal Day Celebrations – University of Manitoba

June 20th, 2012

The University of Manitoba and HSC will celebrate National Aboriginal Day on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with a feast, entertainment, artists and crafters, and activities in Brodie Centre Atrium, 727 McDermot Avenue, at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus.

A teepee will be set up all day and elders will be on site. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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2012 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival & 2nd Annual International Competition Pow Wow- June 21-24, 2012

The National Association of Friendship Centres and Aboriginal Experiences: Arts and Culture present:

2012 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival & 2nd Annual International Competition Pow Wow

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!! ADMISSION & PROGRAMMING- ALL FREE!

In its fifteenth year, the festival continues to strive to provide an opportunity for the Aboriginal community to celebrate National Aboriginal Day, and come out and share their own individual cultures within Ottawa and the world. Building on the success of the 2011 event with over 30,000 people enjoying the free Pow wow, Main stage concerts and always extensive family programming; the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival continues to represent the diversity of Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit cultures within Turtle Island and are very confident people will enjoy this year’s event.

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012808 Views

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Sunrise ceremony on National Aboriginal Day at Toronto City Hall

June 20, 2012

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting the 18th annual National Aboriginal Day celebration at Toronto City Hall. The sunrise ceremony will be led by traditional teacher Steve Teekens, followed by a flag-raising ceremony. Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, will read a proclamation for National Aboriginal Day in Toronto.

Date: Thursday, June 21
Time: 5:30 a.m.
Location: Podium Green Roof, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

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Batchewana First Nation Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways

For Immediate Release – June 20, 2012

Batchewana First Nation – Batchewana First Nation (BFN) Chief and Council would like to invite everyone to celebration National Aboriginal Day 2012 at Whitefish Island (Soo Locks), tomorrow June 21, 2012.

National Aboriginal Day is a time we gather to celebrate our culture, language, ceremonies and all of the components that make us Anishnabek. This is also a time we take to educate in a positive way the many obstacles we have overcome to rebuild our Nation and move forward toward a successful future.

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012674 Views

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Shelley Niro Receives First Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award

Toronto, June 20, 2012 – Visual artist Shelley Niro is the first laureate of the new Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award. The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will present the $7,500 award to Niro at the Woodland Cultural Centre on August 11, 2012, during the Planet IndigenUS activities. The new annual award celebrates the work of Aboriginal artists and arts leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts in Ontario. It also recognizes the next generation of artists: each recipient is invited to nominate an Emerging Aboriginal Artist who in turn receives a $2,500 prize. Shelley Niro selected mixed media and visual artist Tracey Anthony as the 2012 Emerging Aboriginal Artist. Anthony is the founder of Vision Artworks at Six Nations of the Grand River territory / Mississaugas of The New Credit First Nation.

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012699 Views

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GNWT renews financial support for NWT tourism outfitters

Yellowknife (June 20, 2012) – The GNWT has renewed its funding for the Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program to support tourism businesses in the NWT seeking to become more competitive in a demanding international market.

As the global demand for outdoor adventure vacations and experiences grows, this program administered by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) provides financial assistance to tourism operators for business planning, product and packaging development, and marketing.

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Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of National Aboriginal Day

June 20, 2012

Ottawa — Each year, National Aboriginal Day provides us with an opportunity to honour and to celebrate the many rich and varied cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Doing so reminds us that the story of Canada—one of diverse peoples, striving to live together in peace and harmony—began with the Aboriginal experience.

I strongly believe that diversity is one of Canada’s greatest strengths. As the earliest Canadian settlers quickly realized, the cultures and traditions of Aboriginal peoples represent a great source of learning and wisdom. Though our circumstances today have changed considerably, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians alike continue to learn a great deal from one another. This is as it should be, because our greatest potential lies in what we have yet to learn.

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012554 Views

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Activities Mark National Aboriginal Day

June 18, 2012

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. The University of Victoria has a number of programs and partnerships that promote First Nations culture. The following are items that provide story opportunities for National Aboriginal Day in Victoria and across British Columbia.

UVIC HOSTS GROUP OF INDIGENOUS STUDENTS FROM ACROSS CANADA: The Office of Indigenous Affairs and First Peoples House is hosting an Indigenous student orientation program from June 18 to 21. This program is aimed at providing adult learners from across Canada the opportunity to travel to UVic to learn about programs and services. National Aboriginal Day marks the completion of the orientation and participants will be honoured at a ceremony at First Peoples House from 1:30 to 3:00. UVic is actively involved in recruiting and retaining students from diverse communities, helping to remove barriers to admission and building on its unique relationships with First Nations in Victoria and across Canada. UVic offers more than a dozen degrees, diplomas and certificates serving Indigenous learners.

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012578 Views

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National Aboriginal Day celebrates the history, culture and contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people

Edmonton… All Albertans are invited to participate and learn about Aboriginal people during National Aboriginal Day events taking place from coast to coast to coast this June.

On Tuesday, June 19, Alberta will help kick off National Aboriginal Day with a noon hour celebration at Edmonton City Centre hosted by Aboriginal Relations Minister Robin Campbell.
In 1996, the Government of Canada declared June 21 of every year to be National Aboriginal Day in honour of the contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. On the longest day of the year, the unique cultures, languages and histories of Aboriginal communities will shine across the province and the country.

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Edmonton National Aboriginal Day

What is National Aboriginal Day?

June 21, 2012 is National Aboriginal Day, a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

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. “

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012778 Views

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CAMH National Aboriginal Day Celebration Today!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2:30pm – 4:30pm

​Please join us for strawberry juice and Bannock and lots of fun!

First Nations Drum
Inuit Throat Singing
Metis Fiddler Quartet
Metis Jigging
Arts & Crafts Vendors

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SICC 2012 National Aboriginal Day Celebration

The SICC is looking forward to another year of celebrating National Aboriginal Day. This year, the SICC has activities planned to include:

• Pow Wow dancer performances;
• Storytelling;
• Round Dance singing;
• Traditional games demonstrations;
• Face painting;
• Stories through art;
• Hand drum making demonstration;
• BBQ lunch; and,
• More!

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012835 Views

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Montreal First Peoples’ Festival 2012

(Montreal, June 18 2012) The oldest, most deeply rooted and most longstanding resistance movement in the Americas invites you to its great annual event. A peaceful, joyous cultural event, drumming to the earth’s heartbeat. With the words of ancient languages, millennial cultures live in the present time as Montreal once again becomes the New World’s cultural metropolis.

From July 31 to August 8, 2012, First Peoples’ Festival takes wing for the twenty-second time on the island, and beyond. With a wide range of events from gastronomy to cinema, from poetry readings to electro concerts, from Place des Festivals to the Kahnesatake pinewoods, providing a host of opportunities for discoveries, making friends and sharing experiences.

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012650 Views

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June 21 2012 / Celebration of National Aboriginal Day in Montreal

Civic ceremony to mark the day

Dances, drumbeats and honour songs in Old Montreal

At noon on Place Jacques-Cartier

Meeting point at Place Vauquelin beside the townhall at 11 30 AM to embark on a joyous march to where the fire burns.

Other activities will follow, linked to the 11 Nations show: a live demonstration of traditional arts and crafts all afternoon at the southern edge of Marché Bonsecours and a performance by Innu singer Katia Rock at 3 p.m. Then, at 7 p.m., Florent Vollant will take to the stage of Salle Gilles-Carle. Will also be kicked off a segment devoted to a young emerging performer, the Mohawk Gage John Lazare.

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National Aboriginal Day at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre

45 Robinson Street, Winnipeg MB

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

No Admission. Everyone Welcomed!

Schedule of Events

10:00 am Opening Ceremonies
10:30 am Percy Tuesday
11:00 am Pow Wow Exhibition
11:45 am Comedian Chau Chau

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Rideau Hall to Exhibit New Aboriginal Artworks

New Aboriginal Artworks

June 19, 2012

Ottawa — Rideau Hall, the official residence of the governor general, will soon display in its Ballroom artworks from Aboriginal artists Carl Beam, George Clutesi, Alex Janvier and Daphne Odjig. Androgyny—by the late Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau (1931-2007)—an important work that is a testimony to the richness of Aboriginal culture and traditions, with its beautiful colours and its profound symbolism, has been on display in the Ballroom since September 18, 2008.

Androgyny has been seen by hundreds of thousands of guests and visitors to Rideau Hall. This masterpiece was on loan from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada until May 2011. Its stay was extended for an additional year.

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NWCC hosts conference and art show to help and highlight local artisans and natural resources

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2012

News release courtesy SNCIRE, with files from NWCC

Terrace – Northwest BC artisans who work with natural materials will gather in Terrace at the end of this month to learn from industry experts how to succeed in the art world.

Beyond Lumber – Art from Nature conference and art show will take place Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 at Waap Galts’ap Longhouse at Northwest Community College’s Terrace Campus.

“This event is a tremendous opportunity for all artists of the Northwest to get together to learn, network and be inspired. I’m definitely not going to pass up this opportunity to learn new skills and gain knowledge from a great group of inspiring folks and speakers,” says carver and painter Rod Brown.

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TCDSB Celebrates National Aboriginal Day June 21st

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2012

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is celebrating National Aboriginal Day with performances by a First Nation Dancer and Drummer, Métis Fiddler and Jigger (dancer) and Inuit Throat Singing. The event has been organized by the Board’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit program in support of its ongoing initiatives to educate students and staff about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Grade 2 students from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School will attend the ceremonies, which begin at 9:30 a.m. this Thursday, June 21st at the Catholic Education Centre located at 80 Sheppard Ave. E., in North York.

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RCMP – National Aboriginal Day – June 21

Jun 19 2012

Since its inception in 1873, the RCMP has maintained a rich and evolving relationship with Canada’s Aboriginal people. It has enjoyed close relationships with Canada’s First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. This relationship continues to flourish as Aboriginal people comprise a significant percentage of both RCMP clients and employees. The RCMP has grown from the 300 members who set out on the March West in 1874 to 28,000 employees, including police officers, civilian members and public servants. The RCMP has more than 1,500 self-identified Aboriginal regular members and employees who are integrated at all levels of the RCMP, nationally and internationally.

National Aboriginal Day is celebrated on June 21st, the summer solstice that holds special significance for many Aboriginal groups. It is a day of recognition for all Canadians and is the first in a series of events, including St. Jean Baptiste Day on June 24th and Canada Day on July 1st, to celebrate Canada’s culture, heritage and history.

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Bruce Power to celebrate Aboriginal Day on June 21

19 Jun 2012

Aboriginal Day, an annual event created by the federal government in 1996 to honour Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations on the summer solstice, will provide Bruce Power employees with an opportunity to learn about these cultures.

“The day will be about sharing our rich and beautiful culture,” said Sismo – Pam Schwartzentruber, the chair of Bruce Power’s Native Circle. “I find not everyone in our area is aware of the unique parts of our First Nations and Métis communities.”

The celebration, being held from 10 a.m.-noon, will feature the Saugeen Women’s Drum Group, Native dancers, a display of cultural items, door prizes of beautiful Native collectables, and a picture story from local Aboriginal children featuring why they are proud to be Aboriginal.

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Government of Canada Supports First Nations Arts and Culture in Yukon

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Whitehorse, Yukon (June 19, 2012) – Today the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister of Health, on behalf of the Government of Canada, announced support for the Adäka Cultural Festival, taking place this year from June 22 to 28 in Whitehorse.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support the Adäka Cultural Festival, which will increase the awareness and demand for Yukon First Nations arts, crafts and cultural experiences,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Along with the significant economic benefits this event brings to Yukon through tourism and local business activity, the festival provides great opportunities for First Nations artists to increase their profile and to showcase their talents.”

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Governor General to Take Part in Events Celebrating Aboriginal Day

Events Celebrating Aboriginal Day

June 18, 2012

Ottawa—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will participate in cultural activities in celebration of National Aboriginal Day with Aboriginal groups and students in the Ottawa area, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

“Sharon and I are eager to join Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of all ages during various events in Ottawa to learn more and celebrate the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” said His Excellency. “I strongly believe that diversity is one of Canada’s greatest strengths. These events will be a great opportunity to remind us that the story of Canada—one of diverse peoples, striving to live together—began with the Aboriginal experience.”

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Yukon art is front and centre at Haines Junction visitor services

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June 18, 2012

Whitehorse — Art and craft work by Yukon artists will be highlighted at the Haines Junction Visitor Information Centre in the Da Kų Cultural Centre, where Doug Smarch Jr.’s monumental Ice and Flowers is being unveiled for the facility’s opening on June 21.

“It was only natural to make art and craft the focus for Yukon’s visitor facility in Haines Junction, with Doug Smarch Jr.’s piece illuminated by the sky and mountains beyond,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “Showcasing our visual arts in this remarkable setting is a terrific way of sharing our diverse culture with visitors as they travel through the Kluane region.”

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Province of Nova Scotia – National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day, June 21, is an opportunity for Canadians to show their respect for and to learn more about the rich culture and heritage of Canada’s Aboriginal people. Government works well with leaders in Aboriginal communities and organizations to help make communities, and the whole province, better places to live, work and raise a family. History is the foundation for the future, and the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia have a strong heritage, a vibrant culture and a glowing future.

Join in celebrating the rich heritage and culture of Aboriginal people.

by NationTalk on June 18, 2012672 Views

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National Aboriginal Day is June 21

New Brunswick Human Rights Commission
18 June 2012

Fredericton (GNB) – The following statement was issued by Randy Dickinson, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, for National Aboriginal Day:

In 1996, the governor general declared June 21 as National Aboriginal Day. It is a day to recognize the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

June 21, which is the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. It was chosen because, for generations, many Aboriginal peoples celebrated their culture and heritage at pow-wows and other celebrations on or near this day. Pow-wows (“Pow-wow” means “to dream” in the Algonquian language) are still an important part of Aboriginal cultures today.

by NationTalk on June 18, 2012654 Views

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Field Law Hosts Gala To Celebrate Metis And First Nations Youth Arts Competition

Three Aboriginal youth recognized for their artistic talent

Edmonton, June 15, 2012 – Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife was proud to host a gala celebration tonight recognizing the winners of the Field Law Métis and First Nations Youth Art Competition at Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton.

Community organizations and leaders, and members of the Aboriginal community gathered with Field Law to support, honour and celebrate artistic achievements and talent of Métis and First Nation youth across Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In addition to the awards presentations, guests were treated to a traditional blessing, a hoop battle, and two contemporary dances.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2012609 Views

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Ontario Arts Council Marks National Aboriginal History Month with Shapeshifters videos, Aboriginal Arts Award

Toronto, June 15, 2012 – The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) marks Canada’s National Aboriginal History Month with the release of Shapeshifters (Part I), the first three in a series of nine video profiles featuring Aboriginal artists in Ontario. On June 20, OAC will also announce the first laureate of its new Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award.

Aboriginal artists and Aboriginal arts organizations are working in all regions of Ontario, in a wide range of artistic practices from traditional/customary beadwork and dance, to contemporary hip hop, visual and media arts and everything in between. We recognize the extraordinary contributions of Aboriginal artists to our cultural landscape, and the strong artistic growth in Aboriginal communities over the past few decades.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2012665 Views

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The Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival and Productions Cazabon invite you to join us on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 for the screening of the documentary film 3rd World Canada.

Wacheyea, Bonjour and Hello.

3rd World Canada shows the very real living conditions present in most remote First Nation communities. The film follows the community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (K.I.) over the course of two years as it cares for eight children left behind by, and witnesses to, their parents’ suicide.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with director Andrée Cazabon and a KI community member.

Attendees will get a first glimpse into the upcoming 3rd World Canada Tour, to take place in November 2012. A joint venture between Productions Cazabon and the community, the tour invites Canadians to be allies to First Nations people. The KI youth drum group will be touring and speaking with the film.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2012651 Views

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Yukon’s Touring Artist Fund supports audience appreciation

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June 15, 2012

Whitehorse—Yukon’s Touring Artist Fund will provide $23,027 to nine Yukon artists representing the literary and visual arts.

“Artistic excellence is recognized and supported by the Government of Yukon,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “Through the Touring Artist Fund, established artists are able to expand their reach to new audiences, sharing their own artistic expression with others and inspiring new audience appreciation.”

Established visual artist Nicole Bauberger is receiving $1,423 to travel to Alberta to present her series Get There From Here at the Art Gallery in St. Albert. The gallery exhibit consists of 183 paintings created during a road trip from Montreal to Whitehorse and then to Inuvik, N.W.T., and Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska.

by NationTalk on June 15, 2012494 Views

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Harper Government Announces 2012 Canada Day Poster Challenge National Winner

Gatineau, June 15, 2012 – The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that Calvin Chan, of Markham, Ontario, is the national winner of the 2012 Canada Day Poster Challenge. Calvin’s poster was selected from among thousands of entries from across Canada for his incredible representation of this year’s theme, “1812: The Fight for Canada.”

“Congratulations to Calvin Chan and the finalists from every province and territory,” said Minister Moore. “I would like to thank all the young people who submitted their artwork and showed how important the War of 1812 was as a defining moment in our history.”

by NationTalk on June 15, 2012575 Views

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