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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21st – Government of Ontario

Press Release

Events Marking 21st Anniversary Happening Across Ontario

June 16, 2017 10:00 A.M.

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Celebrate the 21st National Aboriginal Day on June 21 with colourful and diverse events being held across the province.

National Aboriginal Day recognizes the important contributions that Indigenous peoples, their cultures and traditions have made, and continue to make, to Ontario and Canada. 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.

To mark the day, and recognize June as National Aboriginal History month, events and activities are being held across the province including:

Ontario is also a supporting partner of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) Aboriginal Day Live 2017. On June 21, APTN is hosting a gathering and celebration of Indigenous cultures in eight cities across the country, including Ottawa and Toronto, where people can enjoy activities and a free concert in person or through a live seven-hour TV broadcast, participating radio stations and online.

Celebrating and supporting Indigenous culture is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

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“National Aboriginal Day and the activities taking place this month give everyone in Ontario a chance to experience and celebrate the rich culture and traditions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. For Ontario, this is part of our commitment to work towards lasting reconciliation, building upon the work we began when we released The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples last year.”

David Zimmer
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Media Contacts
Ryan Kasraee
Minister’s Office
[email protected]
416-314-2617

Flavia Mussio
Media Contact
[email protected]
416-314-9455

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