Not only was Saturday, June 21st the first day of Summer – it was also National Aboriginal Day, a day set aside to celebrate the unique history, culture and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada.
Since 1996, celebrations across the country have featured music, dance, singing, ceremonies, Summer solstice festivals and traditional feasts of such culinary delights as fry bread and moose stew.
The list of Aboriginal heros who are acknowledged and celebrated on this day is long. Some examples include politician Elijah Harper, documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, legendary runner Tom Longboat, distinguished poet and actor Chief Dan George, activist Cindy Blackstock, singer/songwriter Buffy Ste. Marie, artist Bill Reid, human rights leader Rosemarie Kuptana, canonized Mohawk woman Kateri Tekakwitha and Metis leader Louis Riel.
Please take a moment to visit these links and learn about these fascinating Aboriginal heros and the rich history that surrounds them.