The Prime Minister addresses National Aboriginal Day

Pablo Tucker
June 21, 2017

With more than 1.4 million people who self-identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit in Canada, many Indigenous people say it's about time.

Wednesday, June 21st marks the 21st National Aboriginal Day in Canada.

"We, the people of Ontario, must do better to understand their experiences and perspectives, both past and present, if we are to truly embrace reconciliation and make things right over the next 150 years".

Ontario Regional Chief Day will be celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day at home with family on the North Shore of Lake Huron.

The Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs spent the a year ago gathering input from more than 100 witnesses during 20 public hearings, which included roundtables in Kuujjuaq and Iqaluit.

Trudeau also noted that Canada's 150th birthday in July will provide an opportunity to think about "the legacy of the past".

Prime Minister Trudeau also says the name of the day will be changed to become "National Indigenous Peoples Day".

The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership as the foundation for transformative change. The progress is slow, but it's there, and events like National Aboriginal Day have helped.

This content is for Yearly Subscription and Trial Subscription members only. We have a lot of hard work ahead, and it is to all of our benefit that Indigenous Peoples be given a lead role in shaping the future of this country. "Let's come together in the spirit of reconciliation, now and in the years to come, to celebrate National Aboriginal Day". Indspire is calling on Canadians to do something meaningful for Indigenous students - donate money to their Building Brighter Futures campaign so students can reach their full potential through bursaries for post-secondary education.

In Kelowna, the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society is hosting Turtle Island Festival for National Aboriginal Day.

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