(NC) June 21, also the first day of summer, marks the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day in Canada. This day celebrates and recognizes the unique cultural contributions of First Nation, Métis or Inuit people in Canada.

If you and your family are looking for a unique way of celebrating Summer Solstice this year while learning more about our founding culture, National Aboriginal Day activities are happening in many urban and rural communities in Canada.

Five ways you can share in the celebrations:

  1. Contact your nearest Indigenous community organization, Friendship Centre or local community drop in centre for a list of activities in your area, whether you’re a city or urban dweller. Planning committees have been working year-round to coordinate their events. There are festivals, music and dance performances, food tastings, Pow Wows and other festivities across Canada and everyone is welcome.
  2. Get your child’s school involved. Teachers, home schoolers and caregivers can order learning materials for children age four to 14. The materials include colouring sheets, stories, hands-on activities, and other curriculum tools.
  3. Hold an Indigenous music and dance day in your community centre or school. Local planning committees have lists of singers and dance groups that are available.
  4. Host a feast or stories and legends day at school or in your community, or head to one of the many celebrations on June 21 to sample some Indigenous delights.
  5. Canada is the traditional territories of many First Nations, which traditional territory does your community or residence reside in?

There are more ideas for National Aboriginal Day 2016 events at www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-northern-affairs/.

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