Drumming and singing will rock Canada on Saturday June 21 as First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples celebrate their cultures and invite everyone else to do the same.
This year the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is hosting its usual daylong cultural festival and concert, Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration, not only in Winnipeg, Manitoba but also in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition parties and parades are being held in all major cities across Canada.
It’s also a day to note the true history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, said Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy.
“On days like this, we need to better educate the general public about the history and Treaties made with the Indigenous peoples of this country,” Beardy told the Anishinabek News. “For example, how many know that the summer of 2014 marks an important 250th anniversary of an event that formed Canada: the 1764 Treaty of Niagara?”
Métis and other indigenous leaders marked the day with a ceremony of remembrance for aboriginal veterans, hosted by the Aboriginal Veterans Autochtones, the Métis National Council said. Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami representatives also took part.
“A wreath was laid by the Métis National Council to pay tribute to the thousands of Aboriginal veterans who gave their lives for their country,” the MNC said on its site.
“National Aboriginal Day is a time to share with one another, learn from one another, celebrate together and commit to a new era of respect, recognition and reconciliation,” said MNC President Clément Chartier in a statement. “I encourage all Canadians to take every opportunity to learn about Indigenous peoples, cultures and rights and to participate in events and celebrations this weekend.”