Toronto celebrates National Aboriginal Day

TORONTO, June 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The 20th annual National Aboriginal Day, hosted by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee, began this morning with a sunrise ceremony and flag raising at the Toronto City Hall podium roof.

Elder Cat Criger led the ceremony, which was followed by a flag-raising ceremony at which Councillor Mike Layton, (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, read the proclamation for National Aboriginal Day in Toronto.

"On June 21, Toronto joins cities across the country in celebrating National Aboriginal Day," said Councillor Layton. "Today we recognize and celebrate the culture, heritage and significant contributions of the First Peoples to our city and to Canadian society."

A reception was held for the participants following the sunrise ceremony and flag raising.

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting related events that continue until June 26. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/diversity.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

SOURCE: City of Toronto

For further information: Media contact: Mae Maracle, Equity, Diversity and Human Rights, 416-392-5583, mmaracle@toronto.ca

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