Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy National Aboriginal Day!

If you work with a First Nation or with Aboriginal organizations in Canada, you may have difficulty reaching them today (Stonecircle included) because many of us have declared June 21, National Aboriginal Day, a holiday. While only the NWT recognizes it as a statutory holiday, the Federal government officially recognized June 21 as National Aboriginal Day in 1996 and, ever since, people have organized numerous events to coincide with this day.

Of course, for many indigenous cultures, the summer solstice has always been a significant day; a day to acknowledge when the sun ('sol' in Latin) reaches its highest point in the northern sky (sistere means 'to stand still'). And since it's the longest day of the year, there is even more time to celebrate.

Check out the National Aboriginal Day events in your community; learn more about First Nation, Inuit and Métis culture; listen to some traditional music or watch dancers in regalia.

In Ottawa, you can check out the Summer Solstice Arts Festival and the Competition Pow wow today until Sunday. Or see what Tungasuvingat Inuit has planned for Ottawa Inuit families and friends.

Or you can watch live events from Winnipeg and Regina that will be broadcast on APTN this coming Saturday.

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