Communities across Nova Scotia are celebrating the contributions of aboriginal people as part of National Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 21.
“National Aboriginal Day gives all Nova Scotians an opportunity to learn more about aboriginal culture and heritage,” said Deputy Premier Diana Whalen.
“It is a chance to recognize and celebrate the important contributions made by aboriginal people to the fabric of our province on the first day of summer.”
This year, the provincial government is partnering with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network to bring its nationally televised Aboriginal Day Live and Celebration to the Halifax waterfront. The broadcast will originate from stages in Winnipeg and Halifax.
Starting at 8 p.m., the free concert in Halifax will feature top-notch local, national and international talent, including Cape Breton’s Black and Grey, and Ashley MacIsaac.
Throughout Saturday, the public will be able to visit wigwams on the Halifax waterfront to experience cultural displays and demonstrations, sample traditional cuisine and view fine artwork and crafts.
First celebrated in 1996, National Aboriginal Day was established after the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples called for a day to honour aboriginal people. Every year, June 21 is a day for Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of aboriginal people.
For more information on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s Aboriginal Day Live and Celebration, visit http:www.aboriginaldaylive.ca .