OTTAWA, June 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
National Executive Committee encourages First Nations and all Canadians
to take part in cultural events and other celebrations in honour of
National Aboriginal Awareness Month held every June and National
Aboriginal Day on June 21.
"National Aboriginal Awareness Month gives First Nations and all
Canadians an opportunity to commit to a new understanding and a new
relationship grounded in our past and history, and with a keen eye on
the future, which must include educating ourselves about First Nations
rights and Treaties as a foundation for positive change for all of us,"
said AFN Regional Chief for Quebec-Labrador Ghislain Picard. "This
month, let's join together to celebrate Indigenous cultures, languages
and traditions as well as the many contributions of Indigenous peoples
in making this country what it is today. By understanding and
honouring our rights and responsibilities to one another we can ensure
a future where Indigenous peoples, languages, cultures and Nations are
a strong and vibrant part of this land we call home."
National Aboriginal Awareness Month is recognized by the federal
government every June in an effort to celebrate the contributions of
Indigenous peoples in Canada. The notion of a national holiday
celebrating the contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada was
called for by AFN in 1982. A day already known by many as National
Aboriginal Solidarity Day was formally recognized by the federal
government as National Aboriginal Day in 1996. In 2013,
Chiefs-in-Assembly passed a resolution calling for the Government of
Canada to declare June 21 a National Holiday known as Indigenous
The term "Aboriginal" refers to the three distinct Indigenous peoples in
Canada - First Nations, Métis and Inuit. In connection with the summer
solstice, special events and gatherings take place across the country
celebrating First Nation, Métis and Inuit contributions and
accomplishments, cultures, traditions and languages.
AFN encourages all Canadians to learn more about Indigenous peoples,
cultures and rights by taking part in events this month.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms,
SOURCE: Assembly of First Nations
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