Held on June 21, the National Aboriginal Day in Canada celebrates the contributions, culture, and achievements of the Metis, Inuit, and First Nations people. As part of the Celebrate Canada days, the 11-day celebration includes the Multiculturalism Day and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and is an official holiday in the Northwest Territories.
This special event is held to honor the contributions of the Inuvialuit, Metis, and Dene and their languages and cultural heritage. We have the opportunity to showcase unique aspects of our culture and traditions. The festivities include a number of activities and events such as traditional food and games, artwork, dance, music, and more. Traditional feasts and sacred fire extinguishing ceremonies are also held. Guest speakers are invited and social gatherings, workshops, arts and crafts displays, and powwow dance demonstrations are organized as well.