Guest Post by: Amanda Kemsley
BEAHR Training Programs, ECO Canada
National Aboriginal Day provides the opportunity for Canadians to celebrate and learn about the achievements, heritage, and cultures of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
The nationwide event has taken place on June 21st each year since 1996.
The date for this celebration was selected because it coincides with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and a common day of celebration for many Aboriginal communities.
In maintaining this tradition, National Aboriginal Day is approaching its 19th year of honouring Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.
Since Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples have numerous distinct languages, cultural practices, and spiritual beliefs, this day is a great way to learn about different Aboriginal customs and ways of life. Common celebrations include song, dance, traditional activities, and performances.