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June 19, 2008
Share the celebration on National Aboriginal Day
The 14th annual National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 21. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee invites everyone to join the events beginning with a sunrise ceremony at 5:30 a.m. on the podium roof at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The sunrise ceremony, led by Elder Alex Jacobs, is followed by a flag-raising ceremony at which Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, will read the National Aboriginal Day proclamation.

“On June 21, the City will join thousands of Canadians across the country in celebrating National Aboriginal Day,” said Councillor Fletcher. “It is a national day of recognition of the significant contribution to Canadian society and a celebration of the unique heritage, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.”

At 9 a.m., the Buffalo Jump Unity Walk will leave from the south-west corner of City Hall. Join the parade, led by the Spirit Wind Singers and Hand Drummers, which includes stilt walkers, giant animal puppets, Aboriginal elders and people of all nations walking to Trinity-Bellwoods Park. The day’s celebration continues to 4:30 p.m.

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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Mae Maracle, City Manager's Office, 416 392-5583,



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