June 21st. – National Aboriginal Day
It is a day recognising and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Romeo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on 21 June annually.
This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metiss 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.