Aboriginal Circle member, Nancy Hart-Day and her son
Jonathon (third and fourth from the left) take part in the celebration for
Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2012 at Historical Fort York, Toronto, Ontario.
OPSEU celebrates National Aboriginal Day
June 21, 2012
June 21st was first proclaimed National Aboriginal Day in 1996
as an annual occasion to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding
contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Collectively
these groups make up the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.
The date was selected for several reasons, including the fact that it coincides
with the summer solstice, the first day of summer and longest day of the year.
In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations)
called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Solidarity Day to be celebrated
on June 21. In 1995, a similar recommendation was made by the Royal Commission
on Aboriginal Peoples. It called for a National First Peoples Day to be
Also in 1995, a national conference of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people,
known as The Sacred Assembly, called for a national holiday to celebrate the
contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canada.
The first National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed by the Governor General in
June 21 is a day for us to learn more about the diverse Aboriginal cultures and
about the issues that they face as Canada’s First Peoples.
June 21 is also an opportunity for OPSEU to express solidarity with Aboriginal
peoples. OPSEU encourages members in every region of the province and in every
union local to celebrate National Aboriginal Day by participating in events with
Aboriginal members of the union.
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