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National Aboriginal Day is upon us…June 21st!

June 20th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

Update: This post originally stated that June 13th was the initial date of National Aboriginal Day and that it was later moved to June 21st. It has been updated to read that June 21st was the designated date from the beginning.

Governor General Romeo LeBlanc signed the proclamation formally on June 13, 1996 designating June 21st as National Aboriginal Day. This date was chosen for its cultural significance - it marks the summer solstice, which is the first day of summer and the longest hours of sunlight we see during the year.

Every day to me is National Aboriginal Day; I’m a proud Native woman when I wake up every morning and when I go to sleep every night. I sort of equate it to the whole celebrating love only on Valentine’s Day kinda thing, but it’s good to take a moment to reflect on the rich heritage of the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples of this land.

Are you doing/thinking/reflecting on anything for this year’s National Aboriginal Day?

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My sister and I, proudly representing the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations, Iroquois peoples)

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