Wednesday, June 21 2017 is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. So, while Canada is preparing for its big sesquicentennial (150th) celebration, Indigenous People have inhabited this land for 12,000 and more years.
June 21 is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.
Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed by the Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc on June 13, 1996.
National Aboriginal Day celebrations are being held throughout British Columbia. View a list of events here.
- There are 203 First Nations communities in British Columbia who have 34 languages and 61 dialects, more than any other province in Canada.
- Of the more than 232,000 Aboriginal people in B.C., the 2011 National Household Survey reported that 67% are First Nations, 30% are Métis and just under one per cent are Inuit.
- Aboriginal youth are the fastest-growing demographic in British Columbia.
- National Aboriginal Day
- T’Sou-ke Nation (Sooke)
- Pacheedaht First Nation (Port Renfrew)
- Sc’ianew (Cheanuh) First Nations (Beecher Bay)
- Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action