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Saskatchewan celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Jun 21, 2014

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It was in 1982 when the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) proposed that the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) be recognized as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day. In 1996, Governor General Romeo LaBlanc proclaimed June 21 as National Aboriginal Day.

The annual celebrations mark a time to honour the culture and recognize the outstanding achievements of the Métis, First Nations, and Inuit peoples. It also provides all Canadians with an opportunity to celebrate the rich contributions of Aboriginal people to Canada – both in the past, and in the present.

This year’s National Aboriginal Day celebrations were held across Saskatchewan and included varied and exciting events such as powwows, golf tournaments, sports and games, cultural demonstrations, and children’s activities. In Prince Albert, the celebrations were held at the Kinsmen Park. There was also a March for Missing Aboriginal Women and an attempt at the World Record Book’s Largest Round Dance. In Saskatoon, the Indian-Métis Friendship Centre served free lunch of soup and bannock at the Bessborough Gardens where the event was held. In Regina, there was a big turnout at the Wascana Park to celebrate the National Aboriginal Day.

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