National Aboriginal Day 2017

Today is National Aboriginal Day – a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of Indigenous Peoples. In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the longest day of the year. This year, the federal government announced the renaming of this day to National Indigenous Peoples Day to better reflect the current language of the time. 
Indigenous communities and allies continue to work to keep the government committed to closing socio-economic gaps, supporting greater self-determination, establishing opportunities to work together on shared priorities, reviewing federal laws and policies that concern Indigenous Peoples and making progress on the Calls to Action outlined in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. While the 150th anniversary of Confederation this year is met with mixed emotions, we look forward and hope to move ahead together in the spirit of reconciliation, respect and partnership.