Media Advisory
June 20, 2019

The City of Toronto will host a Sunrise Ceremony on June 21, joining other cities across Canada to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. The annual ceremony on Nathan Phillips Square is led by an Indigenous Elder and includes a scared fire, drumming and prayers of thanks. Mayor John Tory will make remarks and proclaim National Indigenous Peoples Day in Toronto. Indigenous leaders, community members, City officials and the public will also attend the event.

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, the public is encouraged to acknowledge and learn more about the unique and important culture, knowledge and accomplishments of First Nations, Inuit and M=E9tis peoples in Canada.

Date: Friday, June 21
Time: 5:30 a.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
Note: The Elder leading the ceremony has permitted video recording and photography during the ceremony.

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Chris Fernandes
Strategic Communications