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Friday, June 16, 2017

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21st

Events Marking 21st Anniversary Happening Across Ontario

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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