City celebrating National Aboriginal Day on June 21

Guelph, ON, June 15, 2015 – On Sunday, June 21, the City of Guelph will host Guelph’s National Aboriginal Day celebration in Market Square.

Observed annually across the country, this day invites Canadians from all walks of life to celebrate the rich culture, unique heritage and notable achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Canada. June is also National Aboriginal History Month.

The event, taking place from 2 to 3:30 p.m., offers demonstrations, drum circles, music, and dancing. Fiddle music will be performed by Rajan Anderson, accompanied by Kim Anderson, and members of the Wiiji Numgumook Kwe, Guelph Women’s Drum Circle, will lead drummers of all ages in a community drum circle. The interactive water feature will be operating during this free family-friendly event and there will be opportunities to try traditional bannock while taking in the sights and sounds of the celebration.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this event,” says Danna Evans, manager of Theatres and Civic Events for the City of Guelph. “It’s a great opportunity to recognize the history and contributions of Aboriginal Peoples while celebrating the skills, talents and strengths of present-day Aboriginal communities.”

She adds, “We hope to make this an annual celebration.”

“Aboriginal” is a term that includes First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Canada. Each of these distinct groups has unique histories, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. City staff worked with members of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Grand River Métis Council and First Nations community to plan the event.

National Aboriginal Day marks the first event in a series of free, family-friendly activities happening in Market Square during the summer months. For even information, visit guelph.ca/marketsquare.

About National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996 by former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc. In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for this occasion as it has important symbolism within Aboriginal cultures. National Aboriginal Day on June 21 kicks off 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).

For more information

Jen Rafter
Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629
jen.rafter@guelph.ca