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.Aboriginal Day celebrations are taking place in many communities throughout Saskatchewan. These celebrations provide a great opportunity to learn more and to participate in the culture and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
“The province remains committed to sharing cultural understanding and building strong bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities throughout the province,” Reiter said.
Many Aboriginal groups mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage because of the significance of the summer solstice which is the longest day of the year. National Aboriginal Day has been a day that Canadians from coast to coast to coast come together to celebrate the contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples – a day that reminds us we are more than a country, we are also a community.
For more information, contact:
First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs