National Aboriginal Day in Canada Date in the current year: June 21, 2016

National Aboriginal Day in Canada June 21 is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. This day recognizes and celebrates the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, to the development of the Canadian culture.

National Aboriginal Day was introduced and proclaimed in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc. Annual celebration was designated on June 21, the day when the National Indian Brotherhood called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Solidarity Day in 1982. More than a decade later, in 1995, National First Peoples Day was called to be designated by the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples. However, the holiday was proclaimed only in 1996 under the name of National Aboriginal Day. The day of summer solstice was chosen as the date for the observance.

National Aboriginal Day begins the series of celebrations of Canada days. This observance is followed by National Holiday of Quebec, Canadian Multiculturalism Day, Discovery Day and Canada Day.

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