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Saturday, June 21, 2008 

Today Is National Aboriginal Day - June 21st!!

In many countries around the world, the longest day of the year holds special cultural and spiritual significance. In Canada, this special time is when we observe National Aboriginal Day, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Celebrating Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal past and present connects us to the culture, history and traditions of First Nations and Métis people. The history of Saskatchewan includes tales of legendary chiefs like Poundmaker and Big Bear, and Métis leaders Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Today’s modern Saskatchewan Aboriginal culture is one that honours the past while building toward an exciting future.

On June 21, National Aboriginal Day celebrations will happen across the province of Saskatchewan. Here is a sampling of what’s happening:

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations - Wascana Centre, Regina
Celebrate the 12th Anniversary of Regina National Aboriginal Day in the northwest corner of Wascana Centre. Free admission, 10:00 am grand entry. Aboriginal peoples - singing, drumming, dancing, fiddling, children's activities and more. Telephone: 306-546-4006, email: regina.nad@accesscomm.ca

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations - Friendship Park, Saskatoon
Afternoon activities begin with a grand entry, free soup and bannock lunch at 12 noon followed by guest speakers and Metis/First Nations entertainers. Free admission, 11am - 4pm. Telephone: 306-244-0174, email: SIMFC@sasktel.net, Website: www.simfc.com

National Aboriginal Day - Prince Albert National Park
Join in the celebrations marking National Aboriginal Day. 2008 will showcase Metis culture and heritage. Community Hall, Waskesiu Lake. Telephone: 306-663-4508, email: henry.fremont@pc.gc.ca

DRYLAKE at First Nations University Pow Wow - Regina, April 2008

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