KEEPING CULTURE ALIVE
Celebrating Indigenous heritage and traditions
Itook this photograph of Josette Jim (right) dancing alongside her granddaughter, Ariana, this past June during the Aboriginal Day festivities that took place at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission, B.C. In cooperation with national Indigenous Peoples organizations, the government of Canada officially designated June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice—the longest day of the year—and because many Indigenous Peoples have celebrated the solstice, as well as their heritage and culture, at this time of year for generations. The holiday is typically marked by festivals, traditional dances, singing and powwows. n
Did You Know... The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada are collectively recognized in the Canadian constitution as our nation’s Indigenous Peoples. Although similar in some ways, each of the three have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
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