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June 13, 2005
City hosts events leading up to National Aboriginal Day
The City of Toronto, its Aboriginal Employees' Association and their partners
are hosting the 11th annual National Aboriginal Day City Celebration with
activities beginning today through June 21. All events are free of charge.

Councillor Jane Pitfield, Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Community Advisory
Committee, said, "Toronto is a gathering place for many of Canada’s Aboriginal
people and this celebration is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to
experience the talents and contributions that Aboriginal people make to the
life of this city."

Today, June 13, Neekawnisidok, a fine art exhibit, officially opens with Red
Spirit performing traditional singing and drumming. The exhibit curated by the
Association of Native development in the Performing and Visual Arts will be on
display in the Rotunda until June 24.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Rotunda of City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Other events are:

June 16
Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Fair featuring traditional aboriginal music, food
and sales of traditional hand-made art and crafts. Don’t miss "Faboriginal" a
fashion show featuring Aboriginal designers. Event sponsors are Scotiabank and
the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

June 21
Sunrise ceremony and flag raising to celebrate the summer solstice and National
Aboriginal Day.
Time: 5:30 a.m.
Place: Podium Roof, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Afterwards, join the Buffalo Jump World Prayer and Peace Day parade.
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
The parade goes to Trinity Bellwoods Park and ends with a picnic, music and
story telling.

Media contacts:

Councillor Jane Pitfield
Ward 26
Don Valley West

Mae Maracle
Strategic and Corporate Policy Division

Priscilla Cranley
Strategic and Corporate Policy Division



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