City hosts Aboriginal Day celebration June 21

Guelph, Ont., June 9, 2016 – On Tuesday, June 21, the City of Guelph will host Guelph’s Aboriginal Day celebration in Market Square.

Observed annually across the country, this day is an opportunity for 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 designated National Aboriginal History Month.

Members of the public are invited to come out and share in the celebration that takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in Guelph’s Market Square.

This event offers music and sharing; including a territorial welcome, drum circles, traditional Métis jigging and dancing, as well as food and craft vendors, and children’s activities. Fiddle music will be performed by Rajan Anderson and accompanied by Kim Anderson. Members of the Wiiji Numgumook Kwe, Guelph Women’s Drum Circle, will lead drummers of all ages in a community drum circle.

In addition, the water feature will be operating during this free family-friendly event and attendees will be invited to participate in a community art project while taking in the sights and sounds of the celebration.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this event once again,” says Danna Evans, manager of Theatres and Civic Events for the City of Guelph. “Building on last year’s success, we encourage the public to join us in recognizing the history and contributions of Aboriginal Peoples while celebrating the skills, talents and strengths of present-day Aboriginal communities.”

‘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 local First Nations and Inuit community members to plan the event.

More information about the City of Guelph’s National Aboriginal Day Celebration is posted on

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