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June 12, 2003
City hosts ninth annual Aboriginal City Celebration
The City of Toronto, its Aboriginal Employees' Association and their partners
are hosting the ninth annual Aboriginal City Celebration this month.

Councillor Jane Pitfield, chair of the City's Aboriginal Community Advisory
Committee, said, "Toronto is a gathering place for many of Canada's Aboriginal
people and this celebration is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to
experience the talents and contributions that Aboriginal people make to the
life of this city."

At the Law Society of Upper Canada, Museum Room, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St.
W., Neekawnisidok, an indigenous visual arts exhibit, curated by the
Association for Native Development in the Visual and Performing Arts, is on
display until June 15. Members of the public can view the display on Thursday
June 12 and Friday June 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., on Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. and on Sunday June 15 from noon to 5 p.m. The Law Society has been a
partner in the celebrations since 1999.

On Thursday June 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., an informative panel discussion on the
Gladue court case will take place in the Convocation Hall of the Law Society of
Upper Canada in Osgoode Hall. The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision
in R. v. Gladue in 1999, offering its first interpretation of s.718.2(3) of the
Criminal Code of Canada, which deals with the principles to be applied in
sentencing Aboriginal offenders.

The official opening of the Neekawnisidok exhibit in the Rotunda of City Hall,
100 Queen St. W., will take place on Monday, June 16 at 6 p.m. Red Spirit will
help celebrate the opening with traditional singing and drumming. The exhibit
will be on display in the Rotunda until June 21.

City Hall's Nathan Phillips Square will be the site for traditional aboriginal
music, food and sales of traditional hand-made art and crafts on Tuesday, June
17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m sponsored by Scotiabank. Aboriginal Voices Radio is
sponsoring a showcase of musicians ranging from traditional to contemporary on
the stage. Host Gary Farmer will welcome performances from: Eagleheart Singers
and Drums with Jimmy Dick (honor song and prayer); Spirit Wind; Tamara
Podemski; TruRez Crew; and 2003 Juno-award winner Derek Miller.

Finally, on Saturday, 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. Afterwards, the Buffalo
Jump World Prayer and Peace Day parade will begin from Nathan Phillips Square
at 10 a.m. and proceed to Fort York where the public can participate in a
picnic, and enjoy music and story-telling.

Media contacts:
Councillor Jane Pitfield, (Ward 26. Don Valley West), 416-392-0215
Mae Maracle, Strategic and Corporate Policy Division, Chief Administrator's
Office, 416-392-5583
Priscilla Cranley, Strategic and Corporate Policy Division, Chief
Administrator's Office, 416-392-0372



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