The B.C. government is encouraging all British Columbians to participate in their local National Aboriginal Day celebrations on June 21 as a means of fostering reconciliation through awareness of Aboriginal culture and achievements.
On its 20th anniversary, communities throughout Canada recognize and celebrate the rich traditions and diverse cultures of Aboriginal people. There are more than 100 events being held across British Columbia on and around June 21.
“National Aboriginal Day is a great occasion for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to come together,” said John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. “They do so in the spirit of reconciliation and in the recognition of Aboriginal peoples’ contribution to our society in the past, the present and the future. I believe we are moving to a time when we will recognize the importance of reconciliation every day of the year.”
National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed by the Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc on June 13, 1996.
Provincial government celebrations get underway on June 20 with a feast and honouring ceremony for First Nations, Métis and Inuit public servants at Government House.
National Aboriginal Day celebrations are being held throughout British Columbia. View a list of events at: https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/national-aboriginal-day-fostering-reconciliation-through-awareness