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National Aboriginal Day

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June 21, 2011

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of National Aboriginal Day

OTTAWA— When we celebrate National Aboriginal Day, we are in fact celebrating the very foundations of Canada, as well as our shared future.

For thousands of years, Aboriginal people have inhabited this land, forming societies of incredible strength, richness and variety. The contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people are deeply embedded in our culture and our way of life, having played a key role in the development of Canada from its earliest days. And today, throughout this remarkable country, Aboriginal people continue to make positive impacts in every sphere of society.

A smart and caring nation recognizes that, while we all have much in common, we also have much to learn from one another. As governor general, I take great delight in learning more about Aboriginal cultures and traditions, and in meeting with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in communities across Canada.

National Aboriginal Day is a wonderful opportunity for sharing and dialogue, and I encourage all Canadians to join in the celebrations.

David Johnston


National Aboriginal Day is celebrated every year on June 21.

Media information:
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

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