National Aboriginal Day was a wonderful celebration that took place all across Canada this past weekend and in particular on June 21, the summer solstice. Alberta Native News writer John Copley attended events in Edmonton and in St. Albert.
He spoke with a lot of people and took some spectacular photos at the Edmonton Churchill Square event as well as the St. Albert festivities. His coverage will include a feature article and a photo gallery that will be posted by the end of the week. Here is a sneak peek at some of John’s photos. Each of these individuals will be included his feature article.
June 21, National Aboriginal Day, is a special day for all Canadians to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. National Aboriginal Day is part of the wider recognition of Aboriginal Peoples’ important place within the fabric of Canada and their ongoing contribution as First Peoples.
This year’s activities took on a special significance for all Canadians, as it too place immediately following the release of the recent report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which described Canada’s residential school system as an act of cultural genocide.
National Aboriginal Day was a huge success across the country. Let’s hope and pray that it is one of many steps on the road to real reconciliation that will close the gap in the quality of life between the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples of Canada and mainstream Canadians.
Photos by John Copley