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June 15, 2007
City to host 13th annual National Aboriginal Day celebrations
The City of Toronto, its Aboriginal Employees’ Association and their partners are marking the 13th annual National Aboriginal Day City Celebration with activities at City Hall from June 18 to June 23. All events are free of charge.

“National Aboriginal Day provides us with a unique opportunity to recognize the many contributions First Nations peoples have made to our City and our entire country,” said Mayor David Miller. “Through these wonderful celebrations, we show our appreciation to the Aboriginal community for the many influences they have had on Toronto and the Canada we know today.”

Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee said: “Recognition of National Aboriginal Day is an important symbol of the City’s commitment to work with the Aboriginal community to achieve their right to self- determination.”

From June 18 to 23, the Native Women’s Resource Centre will present an art exhibit in the Rotunda of City Hall, called “Bgid-niweh-win”, an Ojibwe word meaning women finding their strength. Nathan Phillips Square will be the site for traditional Aboriginal music, food and crafts on Tuesday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Nancy Johnson and Brenda MacIntyre are among the scheduled performers.

On Thursday, 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 World Prayer and Peace Parade, from Nathan Phillips Square to Trinity Bellwoods Park will begin at 9:30 a.m. All are invited to participate in a picnic, and enjoy music and story-telling.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Mae Maracle, Diversity Management and Community Engagement Consultant, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-5583
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824



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