National Park News - National Aboriginal Day

National Park News - National Aboriginal Day
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June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. This 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.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

In 2017, Jasper National Park aboriginal day festivities will coincide with the national day of celebration. The park is recognized as the traditional territory of various Indigenous groups, one of which takes a lead role as host for this special day.

Experience the culture of many local and regional communities on the longest day of the year as Paul First Nation from just west of Edmonton, made up of Cree and Stoney origin hosts a spectacular demonstration pow-wow. Festivities will be taking place in the heart of Jasper on the lawn of Jasper National Park Info Centre from 11 am to 4 pm with the pow-wow scheduled to begin at 1 pm.