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June 21, 2011
The sun rises on National Aboriginal Day
The 17th annual National Aboriginal Day, hosted by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee, began this morning with a sunrise ceremony and flag raising at Toronto City Hall.

Elder Alex Jacobs led the ceremony, which was followed by a flag-raising ceremony at which Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, read the proclamation for National Aboriginal Day in the City of Toronto.

“Today, Toronto joins Canadians across the country in celebrating National Aboriginal Day,” said Councillor Layton. “On this occasion we recognize and celebrate the significant contribution to Canadian society by First Nations as we seek to strengthen partnerships and protect the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.”

A reception was held for the participants following the sunrise ceremony and flag raising.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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