Ontario Celebrates National Aboriginal Day



    McGuinty Government Encourages Everyone To Honour Aboriginal People Today
    By Taking Part In The Many Cultural Events Across The Province

    TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Ontario government is extending greetings and best wishes to First
Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples today in celebration of National Aboriginal
Day.
    National Aboriginal Day is celebrated on the 21st of June every year, to
recognize the ongoing contributions that Aboriginal people make to this
country and to this province.
    Ontarians are encouraged to take part in the many cultural events and
festivities hosted by Aboriginal peoples and Aboriginal organizations across
Ontario. Activities being held across the province and the country today
include powwows, traditional drumming and dancing, musical and theatrical
performances, and cultural workshops.

    QUOTES

    "Ontario is a greater place because of the unique cultures and traditions
of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples," said Michael Bryant, Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs. "Their history is an integral part of our history, and we
know that working together is vital to our mutual success."
    "We are proud to support Aboriginal people on this day of celebration,
and continue to move forward on bringing their issues to the forefront," said
Jeff Leal, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   In 1996 former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc declared June 21st as
        National Aboriginal Day.
    -   Ontario has the largest Aboriginal population of any Canadian
        province with more than 158,000 First Nations people; more than
        73,000 Métis and just over 2,000 Inuit.
    -   There are 134 First Nations in Ontario.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out about local events and activities
(http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/nad/2008/index-eng.aspNo.on) near you and across
Canada.
    Visit the Aboriginal Canada Portal (http://www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca/) to
learn more about Aboriginal peoples and organizations across Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562;
Sofia Sousa-Dias, Communications Branch, (416) 326-3187

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