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Setting aside a day for Indigenous Peoples is part of the wider recognition of Indigenous Peoples' important place within the fabric of Canada and their ongoing contributions as First Peoples. As former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson said, “It is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our respect and admiration for First Nations, for Inuit, for Métis — for the past, the present and the future.”

History of National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996 by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc. On June 21, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the intention to rename National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The day is part of the annual nationwide ‘Celebrate Canada’ period with celebrations centring around National Aboriginal Day, but continuing through St-Jean Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and concluding with Canada Day. 

National Aboriginal Day

For More Information

Indigenous Relations Office

Citizen Services
18th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone

780-944-7602

Fax 780-577-3525
Email indigenousrelations@edmonton.ca

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