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June 21, 2012
Toronto celebrates National Aboriginal Day
The 18th 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.

Traditional teacher Steve Teekens led the ceremony with Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, reading the proclamation for National Aboriginal Day in Toronto. The ceremony was followed by the flag raising.

“On June 21, Toronto joins Canadians across the country in celebrating National Aboriginal Day,” said Councillor Layton. “Today we recognize and celebrate the significant contributions made by the First Peoples to our city and to Canadian society, 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 after the sunrise ceremony and flag raising.

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting related events that continue until June 30. More information is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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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