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You’re Invited: National Aboriginal Day Celebratory Events in Ontario June 20 – 23, 2013

This video presents “National Aboriginal Day in Kingston // Limelight 2013”:

  • Featuring Digging Roots

June is National Aboriginal History Month in Ontario to “recognize the enormous contribution that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to Canada.”

Also, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day:

  • June 21st was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because it is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year
  • Aboriginal peoples in Canada have celebrated their diverse cultures, heritage, and outstanding achievements on or near this day
    • There are three distinct groups of Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario: First Nations, Inuit and Métis

    • Ontario is home to more than 300,000 Aboriginal people

      • Over half live in towns and cities across the province

This is an update to my previous blogs:

Here are more events to celebrate Aboriginal Peoples and Culture in Ontario, Canada:

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You’re Invited: Celebratory Events in Toronto June 14-27 + Road Closures June 14-17, 2013

Here are great celebratory events and road closures in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • Most events are FREE

This video presents “2012 Luminato Festival Highlights”:

  • Extraordinary was in season June 8-17, 2012 at Luminato, a 10-day Festival of Creativity
  • Watch the Highlights of their dynamically diverse program, which includes theatre, opera, dance, music, magic, film, food, visual arts, and much more!

Luminato Festival 2013

June 14 – 23, 2013

Some Events are FREE

David Pecaut Square (55 John Street)

Map of  Venues


  • Luminato Festival is the international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world
    • For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create

    • When the unexpected meets the transformative, that’s a Luminato moment

  • Visit their festival hub at David Pecaut Square (55 John Street):
    • You’ll be in for a treat with FREE daily concerts, delicious food and festive celebrations!

    • Free events at the festival hub are limited to the capacity of the venue, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and all are general admission

      • Please arrive early to ensure your admittance

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You’re Invited: More Celebratory Events of National Aboriginal Day Across Canada June 16-24, 2012

This video presents “National Aboriginal Day”:

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day in Canada.

The 18th annual National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated across Canada on June 21.

In 1996, the Governor General of Canada proclaimed June 21 to be National Aboriginal Day.

The Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal peoples:

  • First Nations
  • Inuit
  • Métis

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

On June 21, join thousands of Canadians across the country as we celebrate National Aboriginal Day:

  • to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada
  • which is part of the “Celebrate Canada!” program, which also includes
    • Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24)
    • Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27)
    • Canada Day (July 1)

Throughout the month of June, you will find numerous events and activities that highlight the rich and unique cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit, including traditional drumming and dancing ceremonies, fiddle performances, and arts and crafts shows.

Most of these celebratory events and activities are FREE.

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“In My Own Eyes” Gallery: Photostories of Aboriginal Youth in Ontario

“In My Own Eyes is a partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Planet IndigenUs of Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This project – “In My Own Eyes” – gives Aboriginal youth (in Grades 6 to 8 ) a chance to share their stories with people across the province. They also learn the role photography can have in storytelling and social change.

Aboriginal youth, both on-reserve and urban, are mentored in their communities by professional Aboriginal photographers.

Over the course of three days, the mentors teach youth basic photographic history, theory, techniques and equipment.

The participants learn that photography can be a new and slower way of seeing.

They also learn how to use the mediums of colour, shape, pattern and texture to create a narrative. The youth use digital cameras in the local environment to try this new way of seeing and to tell their stories.”

Other highlights of the “In My Own Eyes” project are as follows:

  • The communities that participated in this project include:
    • M’Chigeeng First Nation,
    • Ojibways of Onigaming,
    • Moose Cree First Nation,
    • Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation
    • Urban Aboriginal youth in the cities of Fort Frances, Toronto and North Bay
  • 43 percent of Aboriginal people – First Nation, Inuit and Métis – in Ontario are less than 25 years old.
  • Planet IndigenUs is a major international cultural initiative of Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford.

Today is National Aboriginal Day!

To celebrate National Aboriginal Day, “In My Own Eyes” – an exhibit of photos and stories by Aboriginal youth – is launched today as two events in tandem:

  • at the CN Tower, Skyquest Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 10 a.m. for the media and
  • as an online gallery wherein more than 50 Aboriginal youth are showcasing their images and stories

Please click here to go to to view the online gallery.

Whether you are First Nation, Métis, Inuit or non-Aboriginal, please click here for many ways to make contact.

Happy National Aboriginal Day!

"In My Own Eyes" Gallery: Photostories of Aboriginal Youth
"In My Own Eyes" Gallery: Photostories of Aboriginal Youth
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CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day

CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day
CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day

Celebrate Canada is an eleven-day celebration which takes place from June 21 to July 1.

“We are justly proud of the nation we have built together over the last 143 years. Since the earliest days of our nation’s history, Canada has been a land of promise. We have built a society that celebrates achievement and excellence while, at the same time, maintaining a strong respect for human rights. Our participation in Celebrate Canada activities brings us together, strengthens our communities and helps us to understand the significance of the citizenship we all share.”

June 21st kick starts the following 11 days of Celebrate Canada which includes National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and concludes with Canada Day (July 1)!