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.

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Five Toronto Events Celebrate Indigenous Peoples & Cultures June 12-August 19, 2012.

18th Annual National Dboriginal Day. Contact Mae Maracle at 416-392-5583; toronto.ca/diversity

18th Annual National Dboriginal Day. Contact Mae Maracle at 416-392-5583; toronto.ca/diversity

Art Show

  • June 18 to 23
  • 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
  • Sponsored by the Toronto District School Board Aboriginal Education Centre

First Nations’ dancing, drumming and sunset ceremony

  • June 21, 2012, 6 p.m. – Sunset

Aboriginal Day 2012 – 4 km Run/Walk

  • June 23, 10 a.m.
  • Humber River, Toronto

Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo celebrates National Aboriginal Day: Saturday, June 23

  • Waterside Theatre Special Presentation 2:30-3:30 pm
  • celebrating the unique heritage and diverse cultures with authentic First Nations drummers and dancers
  • experience an interactive presentation of drumming and dancing with the Smoke Trail Singers
  • Free admission with status card which allows you FREE admission only to Waterside Theatre Special Presentation, and does not include admission to the Toronto Zoo
  • *Please note all events subject to change without notice.
  • Contact Info:
    Toronto Zoo
    361A Old Finch Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario
    M1B 5K7Phone: 416-392-5929

A Gathering: Peel’s Aboriginal Celebration

  • June 23, 2012, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • 9050 Bramalea Rd., Chinguacousy Park, Brampton, Ontario

“Aboriginals Got Talent”

  • June 20, 2012
  • N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre
  • Memorial Park, Sudbury

National Aboriginal Day @ Bell Park, Sudbury

  • June 21, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Bell Park, Sudbury, Ontario

Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival: JUNE 21 – 24, 2012

  • Everyone Welcome!!
  • “The Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival is one of the few Aboriginal Arts Events that truly represents the cultural diversity of our urban Aboriginal community, with full participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists.”

Igniting the Spirit Gala 2012

  • June 21, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • This is not a free event
  • Hampton Inn, 200 Coventry Road, Ottawa

Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre

  • June 21, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Market Square
    Brock and King Street, Kingston, Ontario

Education Day

  • June 21, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener City Hall
    200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario

Casino Rama National Aboriginal Day Celebration

  • June 21, 2012, all-day
  • This is not a free event

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

  • June 23-24
  • Aboriginal Festival Weekend
  • Midland, Ontario

Powwow Weekend

  • June 23 & June 24, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Roos Island, Victoria Park, Kitchener, Ontario

Aamjiwnaang First Nation 51st Annual Competition Powwow

  • June 23 – 24, 2012
  • 1972 Virgil Avenue, Bear Park, Sarnia, Ontario

Aboriginal Art Show

  • June 23, 2012, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

National Aboriginal Day: Thunder Bay – 5 am – 8 pm

National Aboriginal Day – Edmonton, Alberta:

 Annual Trout Lake National Aboriginal Day Celebrations: British Columbia

  • Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VACFS)
    1607 East Hastings St, Vancouver, BC


Canada’s National Aboriginal Day Celebrations:

National Aboriginal Day in Winnipeg & Regina: Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Contact Info:
    Audience Relations
    Phone – 204.947.9331 ext.358
    Emailinfo@aptn.ca

Please click here for the complete list and details of both international and national Aboriginal events happening in June 2012.

Happy National Aboriginal Day!

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