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June 9, 2006
City hosts twelfth annual National Aboriginal Day City Celebration
The City of Toronto, its Aboriginal Employees’ Association and their partners are hosting the twelfth annual National Aboriginal Day City Celebration with activities from June 12 through June 21. All events are free of charge.

“This week’s events celebrate the creative aspects of urban Aboriginal life,” said Mayor David Miller. “This is also an important opportunity to show appreciation for the many contributions our Aboriginal community makes to Toronto’s cultural fabric.”

Councillor Jane Pitfield, chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee said, “Toronto is proud to be the city of the largest Aboriginal population in Canada. Although we are rich with diversity, it is important at this time to recognize the history and prominence of our first people. This is indeed a celebration that we all look forward to.”

The official opening of the Neekawnisidok fine art exhibit in the Rotunda of City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., will take place on Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m. Red Spirit will help celebrate the opening with traditional singing and drumming. Curated by the Association of Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts, the exhibit will continue until June 23.

Nathan Phillips Square will be the site for traditional Aboriginal music, food and traditional hand-made art and crafts on Thursday, June 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Scotiabank and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Digging Roots, an Aboriginal jazz/folk group, and Paul Chaput, a Canadian Aboriginal Award nominee, will perform.

On Wednesday, June 21, at 5:30 a.m., members of the public can celebrate the summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day with a sunrise ceremony and flag-raising on the City Hall Podium Roof. The Buffalo Jump Peace and Unity parade, from Nathan Phillips Square to Trinity Bellwoods Park will begin at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to participate in a picnic, and enjoy music and story-telling.

Media contacts:

Mae Maracle
Strategic and Corporate Policy Division
City Manager’s Office

Priscilla Cranley
Strategic and Corporate Policy Division
City Manager’s Office



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