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From: Monday, June 6, 2016 2:44 PM -0600
Subject:Preparing for National Aboriginal Day
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What is National Aboriginal Day?   

On June 21, 2016, National Aboriginal Day is celebrating 20 years of strong vibrant cultures and traditions. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis 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.

** For resources and materials to help celebrate this day in your school, [Link]Click Here or contact First Nations Liaison Officer Lester Gardiner (306.930.7238) or Outreach Worker Marcia Bitternose (306. 835.7016) for more information. **

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