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June 21, 2010
Sunrise ceremony marks National Aboriginal Day in Toronto
The 16th annual National Aboriginal Day celebration at Toronto City Hall began this morning with a sunrise ceremony and flag raising in the new garden on the podium roof. Elder Alex Jacobs led the ceremony, which was followed by a flag raising.

“This year has marked a turning point for Aboriginal people in Toronto and across Canada through the efforts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the settlement of The Toronto Purchase land claim between the Government of Canada and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation,” stated Mayor David Miller. “I am very proud that the City’s Executive Committee unanimously approved a Statement of Commitment towards the Aboriginal community in Toronto which will guide our development of an Urban Aboriginal Strategy."

The sunrise ceremony and flag raising was followed by a breakfast to continue the celebration of National Aboriginal Day.

In 1996, the government of Canada declared June 21 National Aboriginal Day to celebrate the contribution of Aboriginal peoples to Canadian society and to recognize their different cultures.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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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