Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may not remember; involve me and I'll understand. (Native American Proverb)
Monday, June 5, 2017
National Aboriginal Day
What is National Aboriginal Day?
June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.
Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
What led to the creation of National Aboriginal Day?
in 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples
also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day
in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day
How does the Government of Canada support National Aboriginal Day?
National Aboriginal Day is part of the Celebrate Canada program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).
While all Government of Canada departments support National Aboriginal Day, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and Canadian Heritage work together to promote it. INAC provides resources and ideas for events, while Canadian Heritage provides funding opportunities for community celebratory events.
Resources in French View the "Etudes autochthones" page on the website of the Francophone school in Sechelt for additional resources.
BCTF Aboriginal Education The Aboriginal Education Association is made up of educators dedicated to Aboriginal education. Click here to read current events posted by the Provincial Specialist Association.
The Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement is a provincially mandated initiative that has two purposes. First, to improve and enhance the academic and non-academic success of our Aboriginal students and second, to enrich the community through changes and enhancements to our current educational practices. Learn more...