June 21, National Aboriginal Day, is a day for all Canadians to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous Peoples in Canada; past, present and future. There are three groups of Indigenous Peoples in Canada – the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
The federal government proclaimed June 21 as National Aboriginal Day in 1996 after consultations with Indigenous Peoples groups across Canada.
The 94 Calls to Action from the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada reinforces the need for continued education, action and advocacy in the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada. All Canadians need to commit to reconciliation and to closing the gap in the quality of life between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians. The time for Reconciliation is now!
The Canadian Union of Labour Employees, acknowledges the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples, where celebrations will be taking place on June 21. We will continue to stand in solidarity with our Indigenous Sisters and Brothers from coast to coast to coast.