Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 20, 2013 09:52 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Celebrate National Aboriginal Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 20, 2013) - In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will attend the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival's Education Day Event, on Friday, June 21, 2013, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Vincent Massey Park, in Ottawa. His Excellency will deliver brief remarks at 12:10 p.m.

On this occasion, the Governor General will participate in some of the workshops with students and teachers attending the event. He will first visit the Native Women's Association of Canada pavilion to learn more about the organization, and then proceed to the artisan pavilion, where he will view ancient art demonstrations and create stencil art with students. His Excellency will then announce the start of the 20-pound sack-carry race, a traditional Métis game.

The Governor General will have the opportunity to see a portion of a performance by the Kehewin Native Dance Theatre entitled "Stories from Mother Earth." At that time, His Excellency will join students in a shared dance of friendship.

About the Education Day Event

Organized by the National Aboriginal Day Committee of Ottawa, the Education Day Event will invite over 3 500 students and teachers from the National Capital Region to take part in interactive workshops to celebrate the diverse Aboriginal cultures of Canada. For more information on the festival, please visit

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