National Aboriginal Day
June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
Even before the Governor General of Canada proclaimed June 21 as National Aboriginal Day, there was a long-standing desire to set aside a national day to recognize and celebrate Aboriginal peoples and cultures.
June 21 was chosen because of the cultural significance of the summer solastice (first day of summer and longest day of the year) and because many Aboriginal groups mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage.
National Aboriginal Day events are held in every region across the country. In Saskatoon, the Western Region Métis Women’s Association, Central Urban Métis Federation, and their partners, host a day-long celebration that includes food and entertainment.
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.”