National Aboriginal Day 2011

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Today (June 21st) we celebrate National Aboriginal Day 2011 in Canada. I’ve always had a soft spot for Aboriginal (First Nations) issues, and I try hard to highlight them in my blog. I think one of the elements that really made me appreciate Canadian’s interest in their own First Nations culture was the UBC First Nations Longhouse. I was impressed that there was a full house within the university campus that highlighted First Nations cultures. And if you’ve seen me walk around town, you’ll see that much of my jewelry and decorations at home have First Nations renditions of hummingbird motives.

Proclaimed by the Governor General in 1996, National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts. In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21st for National Aboriginal Day because it is also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For generations, many Aboriginal peoples have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day. The Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal peoples: Indians (First Nations), Inuit and Métis. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

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photo credit: ahisgett

Related posts:

  1. Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2011(Dec 2-5, 2011)
  2. National Aboriginal Achievement Award Recipients 2012
  3. Come and Dance (Nov 16-19): An Aboriginal Dance Festival
  4. National Coming Out Day 2011
  5. National Suicide Prevention Week 2011 (Sep 4-10th, 2011)

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