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National Aboriginal Day:
June 21, 2018

National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by then Governor General Romeo LeBlanc to honour the unique heritage and outstanding contributions of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. In consultation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations, June 21 was selected because of the significance of the summer solstice in Aboriginal culture and tradition. June 21st marks the official start of Celebrate Canada which in addition to National Aboriginal Day, includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada's Birthday (July 1).

National Aboriginal Day provides all Canadians with an excellent opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal culture and to learn more about the many achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.

Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in National Aboriginal Day. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources for exploring Aboriginal perspectives on a number of themes and issues related to sustainable development.

Featured Resource:

LSF is pleased to recommend one of its own resources, "Protecting Our Sacred Water". Produced in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, this guide helps teachers bring FNMI knowledge and culture into their classrooms and provides ways to incorporate traditional FNMI knowledge into the implementation of a water action project


For more information on this day, please visit the Aboriginal Affairs website.