Today (June 21st) we celebrate National Aboriginal Day.
“In cooperation with national Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada designated June 21 National Aboriginal Day, a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Indigenous groups have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year.
National Aboriginal Day is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Indigenous people in fields as varied as agriculture, the environment and the arts, and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society” (from the Government of Canada website).
Here are a few events being held throughout Nova Scotia to mark the occasion:
- Aboriginal Day and Canada Day Celebration, 22404 Main Street, Sheet Harbour
- Fêtons le Canada, Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos 898 Autoroute 335, Pubnico-Ouest
- Honoring our Ancestors, 601 Chapel Island Road, RR #1, St. Peter’s
- Mawita’jik “Let us Gather“, Halifax Commons, Halifax
- National Aboriginal Day, 180 White Point Road, Liverpool
- National Aboriginal Day Celebrations, Bear River First Nation, Bear River
- National Aboriginal Day Celebrations – “Healing Through Knowledge”, Membertou Heritage Park, 35 Su’n Awti, Membertou
- National Aboriginal Day Gathering, Yarmouth Public Library, 405 Main Street, Yarmouth
- Signature Event – National Aboriginal Day 2017, 65 Treaty Trail, Millbrook