first_imgNova Scotians will have the opportunity to learn more about the province’s aboriginal culture on National Aboriginal Day today, June 21. To celebrate the day, First Nations communities in Nova Scotia are holding a variety of events throughout the province including storytelling sessions, powwows and presentations on Mi’kmaq history. The Glooscap Heritage Centre has organized several events as part of their celebration. The day’s activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include drummers, dancers, storytelling, live performances and the sale of various Aboriginal products. At noon, the Glooscap Heritage Centre will host a special concert featuring Lonecloud, a local band highlighting Mikmaq musicians. Michael Baker, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, is encouraging all Nova Scotians to take part in the activities and recognize this important celebration. “The Mi’kmaq are the original inhabitants of Nova Scotia and contribute greatly to it. We share a common interest in growing Nova Scotia’s economy, celebrating our culture and heritage and conserving our resources,” said Mr. Baker. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to attend some of the many events planned for National Aboriginal Day.” National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by former governor general Romeo LeBlanc. It is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. For the list of National Aboriginal Day events in Nova Scotia, see the Office Aboriginal Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/abor/ or the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada website at www.inac.gc.ca . FOR BROADCAST USE Today (June 21st) is National Aboriginal Day. In Nova Scotia, events are planned in Mi’kmaq communities to mark the day. Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Michael Baker urges Nova Scotians to attend some of the events in nearby communities. The Minister says the province is trying to develop a new relationship with the province’s first residents. -30-last_img

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