"Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal People working together to Make Good Things Happen"
What is National Aboriginal Day?
June 21st is National Aboriginal Day, a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
Setting aside a day for Aboriginal Peoples is part of the wider recognition of Aboriginal Peoples’ important place within the fabric of Canada and their ongoing contributions as First Peoples. As former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson said, “It is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our respect and admiration for First Nations, for Inuit, for Métis — for the past, the present and the future.”
History of National Aboriginal Day
On June 21st, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast. This is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
National Aboriginal Day is set to take place on June 21, giving indigenous people and Canadians alike a chance to celebrate the culture and heritage of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people across the country.
It takes place on this particular day because it coincides with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, according to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
"National Aboriginal Day is a day to remember our past leaders — their hard work and their legacy for self-determination left to us to carry on, " Harry Nice Jr. of the Gitwinksihlkw Nisga'a Village Government said in a statement.
The day was established after the National Indian Brotherhood, a precursor to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), mounted a campaign to have the date recognized as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day in 1982.
Quebec's legislature recognized June 21 as a day to celebrate indigenous culture in 1991.
Five years later, the Sacred Assembly, a national meeting of indigenous and non-indigenous people, called for a national day to recognize aboriginal contributions to Canada.
June 21 was officially declared National Aboriginal Day by Governor-General Romeo LeBlanc in 1996.
National Aboriginal Day on June 21 kick starts Celebrate Canada!, an 11 day celebration that also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and concludes with Canada Day (July 1)!
Looking forward to seeing all of you at National Aboriginal Day!
Yours In Community Spirit
June 24TH 2017 - Share in the Celebration in Clearwater!
Here in Clearwater the NT Aboriginal Cultural Centre, in partnership with the Aboriginal Engagement Success By 6, North Thompson Music Guild, YSC, BC Metis Federation, are excited to be hosting National Aboriginal Day, which will be held on the Saturday June 24th 2017, location Dutch Lake Community Center. Festivities will begin at 12:00 with Welcome and entry at 12:30. 1:00 to 6:00 there will be family activities, music, dancing, crafts for the family, vendors selling their crafts,and so much more.
6:00 to 7:00 Dinner break
7:00 to 9:00 pm Family Concert & Dance........ JJ Lavallee, Willie Thrasher, with local musicians.
All Events By Donation!
This Family Event is Drug and Alcohol Free!
Everyone is invited! This family event is open to everyone in the North Thompson Valley and we encourage families to come and have fun, while sharing in the Aboriginal Culture.
N.T. CULTURAL CENTRE AGM.... WEDNESDAY MAY 31ST 2017
@ 7:00 PM AT THE CENTRE EVERYONE WELCOME!
Are you interested in being a part of a local hand drum group?
Everyone welcome to
Come learn traditional drumming and songs!
Contact the Cultural Centre
The North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre will be hosting Special Bingo's throughout the year. Follow us on facebook for updates.
KNOW YOUR LIMIT- PLAY WITHIN IT!
- Family Connection Circles Barriere and Clearwater, times TBA.
- Workshops: Ongoing...Contact the Cultural Centre at 250.674.3703 for more information
- May Day Parade - May 21st.
- July 1st Canada Day - All day fun for the whole family at Dutch Lake Clearwater and Fall Fair Grounds Barriere
- BC Day event August
- August 3rd Children's Art Festival at Dutch Lake Community Center.
- Bingo @ Clearwater Elks Hall doors open 11:00am Bingo at Noon.
- September 3rd to 5th North Thompson Fall Fair in Barriere BC.
- September 9th to 11th Harvest Music Festival at Serenity in Birch Island.
- October 1st to 8th - World Breastfeeding week. Watch for Breastfeeding awareness & education event.
- November 13thor 19th TBA soon Louis Riel Day Celebrations Clearwater BC. watch website & Facebook for details.
- December 3rd - Food Bank concert fundraiser at Dutch Lake Community Center.
- December 4th - Christmas Tree light-up with Santa & activities at the Wells Gray Information Center, hosted by Clearwater Rotary.
- December 10th- AE SB6 "Breakfast with Santa"