National Aboriginal Day
National Aboriginal Day is a day for Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, traditions and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. For many generations, Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their cultures on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice. National Aboriginal Day was first celebrated on June 21, 1996, after being recognized through a proclamation by then Governor General Roméo LeBlanc.
This summer, Canadians across the country will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The JLP recognizes that for many Indigenous People, Canada Day serves as a reminder of 150 years of colonialism. National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the important steps in the continuing effort toward reconciliation.
National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated in a variety of ways such as pow-wows, festivals and other special events, including National Aboriginal Day Live (ADL) where events are planned for eight cities across Canada. These ADL events will feature some of the biggest names in Indigenous music and television, including JUNO Award winners and on-the-rise artists. The JLP is hoping that Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians take the time to participate at a National Aboriginal Day event and would encourage you to invite family, friends and neighbours to join in the festivities as well!