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Nanaimo must move forward with reconciliation – Nanaimo News Bulletin

by ahnationtalk on June 17, 2015709 Views

Jun 16, 2015

June 21 may have had negativity directed toward it due to Premier Christy Clark and the recent yogagate incident, but its importance can’t be understated.

Besides being the date of the now-cancelled yoga bridge event in Vancouver, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day.

The day honours First Nations’ achievement and culture and according to the Canadian government, the day was chosen, in conjunction with aboriginal groups, because it’s the summer solstice. On or around June 21 is the time many generations of indigenous peoples have celebrated their heritage, the government said.

Indigenous peoples in Canada have been subject to indecencies, most notably the destruction of culture, and even lives, with the placement of children in residential schools in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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