Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

June 19, 2009 14:15 ET

Statement: National Aboriginal Day Celebrations Taking Place Across Canada on June 21

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians.

"I invite all Canadians to experience the rich and diverse culture of Aboriginal people by participating in one of the many National Aboriginal Day celebrations taking place across the country on Sunday, June 21.

Historically, we are moving forward as a nation. Last week marked the first anniversary of the Government of Canada's apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools. Commemorations were held across Canada that acknowledged June 11 as a Day of Reconciliation. This milestone presents many opportunities for all Canadians to build and strengthen relations with Aboriginal people, in the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation.

National Aboriginal Day presents First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples an opportunity to demonstrate their rich heritage, cultural diversity and numerous contributions to the social fabric of Canada.

Please join me and other Canadians as we celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary