National Aboriginal Day
Posted 2017-Jun-21

We celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21st of each year during National Aboriginal History Month.

National Aboriginal Day  The Canadian government chose June 21 for National Aboriginal Day because it was on or near the June solstice.  Many of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day for many generations.  It is a day to recognize and honour the history and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

As part of this year’s celebration, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is offering promotional and educational publications free of charge.  Their catalogue can be found here: http://pse5-esd5.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/pubcbw/publication/catalog.aspx?I=E

In addition, INAC has released its National Aboriginal Day logo, and members are encouraged to use the social media hashtag #NADCanada and #Canada150 when posting images or statements commemorating this celebration.

Aboriginal communities continue to play an important role in the labour movement.  The United Steelworkers recognize Canada’s shameful history in dealing with Aboriginal peoples and the abuse suffered by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.  As stated in the United Steelworkers Statement of Principles on Aboriginal Issues passed at the 2016 USW National Policy Conference:  “we must and will be part of processes of reconciliation and healing.  At all levels of our union we renew our commitment to building relationship of mutual support and respect with Aboriginal leaders, activists, organizations and communities.”

As list of National Aboriginal Day activities across Canada can be found at the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/celebrate-canada-days/aboriginal-day/activities.html

In solidarity,

The Telecommunications Workers Union, United Steelworkers National Local 1944