Happy National Aboriginal Day!

Today, Canada puts a spotlight on diverse cultures, heritage, and outstanding achievements of Aboriginal people. It gives people a chance to educate themselves on Aboriginal culture, including their contributions towards the progress and development of Canada.

There are three main aboriginal groups found in Canada: The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. They all are given an opportunity today to showcase their different spiritual beliefs, values, heritage, customs, cultural practices, language, and proud achievements.

Events are held all across Canada, so look out for traditional scenes like fry bread and moose stew feasts, and sacred fire extinguishing ceremonies.

In the Northwest Territories, National Aboriginal Day is a paid holiday. But in other parts of Canada (like Toronto), it is not a statutory holiday.

If you’re in Ontario, and you’re looking to indulge in the culture of Aboriginals, here are some events taking place all day:

Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising
5:30 a.m.
City Hall Podium roof
100 Queen St. W.

Monthly Mass and Pot Luck/ Aboriginals Got Talent
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
N’Swakamok Native Friendship Center
110 Elm Street  (Sudbury)

First Nations’ drumming, dancing and sunset ceremony
6 p.m. – sunset
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Blvd.
 
National Aboriginal Day Lighting
9:00 p.m.
CN Tower
301 Front St. West
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