City to host 13th annual National Aboriginal Day celebrations

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto, its Aboriginal Employees'
Association and their partners are marking the 13th annual National Aboriginal
Day City Celebration with activities at City Hall from June 18 to June 23. All
events are free of charge.
    "National Aboriginal Day provides us with a unique opportunity to
recognize the many contributions First Nations peoples have made to our City
and our entire country," said Mayor David Miller. "Through these wonderful
celebrations, we show our appreciation to the Aboriginal community for the
many influences they have had on Toronto and the Canada we know today."
    Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory
Committee said: "Recognition of National Aboriginal Day is an important symbol
of the City's commitment to work with the Aboriginal community to achieve
their right to self-determination."
    From June 18 to 23, the Native Women's Resource Centre will present an
art exhibit in the Rotunda of City Hall, called "Bgid-niweh-win", an Ojibwe
word meaning women finding their strength. Nathan Phillips Square will be the
site for traditional Aboriginal music, food and crafts on Tuesday, June 19
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Law Society of Upper
Canada. Nancy Johnson and Brenda MacIntyre are among the scheduled performers.
    On Thursday, June 21, at 5:30 a.m., members of the public can celebrate
the summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day with a sunrise ceremony and
flag-raising on the City Hall Podium Roof. The Buffalo Jump World Prayer and
Peace Parade, from Nathan Phillips Square to Trinity Bellwoods Park will begin
at 9:30 a.m. All are invited to participate in a picnic, and enjoy music and

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Media contacts: Mae Maracle, Diversity
Management and Community Engagement Consultant, City Manager's Office, (416)
392-5583; Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community
Engagement, City Manager's Office, (416) 392-6824

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