Statement by Minister Joly on National Aboriginal Day

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and cultures of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

OTTAWA, June 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, we shine a light on the heritage, achievements and cultures of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Over the generations, many Indigenous Peoples and their communities have come together on June 21, the longest day of the year, to celebrate their culture and heritage. National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity to honour and showcase the diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across this land.

National Aboriginal Day is first and foremost a day for celebration, but it also an occasion to reflect upon our past and our present. As we mark Canada 150, it is especially important to carefully consider the events that have shaped our country, including some of the darker chapters in our history.

Our Government is committed to working toward meaningful and lasting reconciliation. A successful journey toward reconciliation is one where Indigenous teachings, culture, traditions and practices are embraced in the spirit of their contribution to the Canadian fabric. It is where governments, civil society, educational institutions, corporations and non-Indigenous Canadians work in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, to forge new ways of understanding and build a stronger country.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I encourage all Canadians to take part in the National Aboriginal Day celebrations happening in numerous communities and eight major cities across the country. Let us work together to ensure that the next 150 years are marked by respect, trust, hope and optimism.

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Hebert, Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788

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