Toronto’s celebration of National Aboriginal Day, hosted by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee, began this morning with a sunrise ceremony and flag raising at the Toronto City Hall podium roof. For generations, many Aboriginal peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near June 21 due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
Elder Cat Criger led the ceremony, which was followed by a flag-raising ceremony. Mayor John Tory read the proclamation for National Aboriginal Day in Toronto.
“On June 21, Toronto joins cities across the country in celebrating National Aboriginal Day,” said Mayor Tory. “Today we recognize the unique culture, heritage and outstanding contributions made by Aboriginal Peoples to our city and to Canadian society as we seek to strengthen partnerships and protect the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.”
A reception was held for the participants following the sunrise ceremony and flag raising.
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting related events that continue until June 24. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/diversity.
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