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June 18, 2009
Share the celebration of National Aboriginal Day
The 15th annual National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated in Toronto on Sunday, 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 Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The sunrise ceremony on June 21, led by Elder Alex Jacobs, will be followed by a flag-raising ceremony at which Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), will read the City’s proclamation of National Aboriginal Day in the City of Toronto.

“On June 21, the City will join thousands of Canadians across the country in celebrating National Aboriginal Day,” says 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.”

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. 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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