National Aboriginal Day Programming

Airs on Thursdays at 10am.

10:00 am: Made in Halifax of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Big thanks to Gunargie O'Sullivan for spearheading this project and making it happen. Music underneath features new work from Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen, who is amazing. More info on her here:

10:30 am: In this interview Gunargie O'Sullivan and Dr. Roland Chris John discuss the Residential School Agreement, the role of foster care in the genocide against Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation process and the United Nations declaration on Indigenous Peoples.

  • Proclaimed by the Governor General in 1996, National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Metis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.
  • In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21st for National Aboriginal Day because it is also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For generations, many Aboriginal peoples have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day.
  • The Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal peoples: Indians (First Nations), Inuit and Metis. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
  • On June 21st, join thousands of Canadians across the country as we celebrate National Aboriginal Day. This is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada.
  • A truly nationwide celebration, National Aboriginal Day is part of the Celebrate Canada! program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).