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Celebrating Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples

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Published on May 22, 2015 with No Comments

Celebrating Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples

The stories of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples lie at heart of the story of Canada. Since 1996, June 21st –National Aboriginal Day—has been a special occasion for Canadians from all walks of life and from across the country to take the time to celebrate the immense contributions and unique cultures of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
Each of Canada’s three groups of Aboriginal peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – has its own distinct histories, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. Canada’s diversity is one our greatest strengths, and in sharing in this celebration, we strengthen the relationships that have contributed to our great country.
Indeed, one example is the proud history Aboriginal personnel have within the Canadian Armed Forces, including service in some of the first battles on what is now Canadian territory. In fact, during the War of 1812, Aboriginals fought alongside British soldiers and English-and French-speaking militia to help resist an American invasion of what is now Canada.
While it is always important to remember the past, our Government is also focused on the future. Indeed, we are committed to strengthening the relationship between the Government of Canada and Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis– a relationship based on mutual respect, friendship and support. In collaboration with Aboriginal leaders, we are delivering measures to help ensure that Aboriginal peoples can fully participate in the labour market and have access to the same opportunities for self-sufficiency and prosperity as all Canadians, including in the areas of health, economic development and housing. And we recognize the importance of Aboriginal peoples to Canada’s continued growth and prosperity.
Often coinciding with the summer solstice, National Aboriginal Day kicks off Celebrate Canada, a 4 day celebration that also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Canadian Multiculturalism Day, and concludes with Canada Day.
So, starting on June 21st, let’s celebrate our diversity, celebrate Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and celebrate what makes Canada the greatest country on earth.


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