Saturday is National Aboriginal Day across Canada and events are planned in many communities.

Some organizations also held celebrations on Friday, giving people a chance to participate in more than one event.

"For me, it lets me share my culture and my identity," Jeff Cappo, who took part in a number of activities in Moose Jaw and Regina, told CBC News Friday. "And it lets me share some of the First Nations traditions that I was taught."

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Jeff Cappo says National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to share the culture of First Nations. (CBC)

Cappo was especially pleased that youngsters were participating in events, such as the one held Friday at The Circle Project in Regina.

On Saturday, Wascana Park — the northwest corner by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum — will be the place to go for National Aboriginal Day activities.

People can start to gather at 9 a.m. just ahead of the Grand Entry and opening ceremonies which start at 10 a.m. Activities continue throughout the day with a traditional Round Dance at 5:30 and a special feature at 6 p.m.: a wrestling event with Wavell Starr.

Also on Saturday the union CUPE is hosting a free barbecue at Dewdney Pool Park. That is set to start at 11:30 a.m. at the park, which is at the 1400 block of Athol Street in Regina's North Central neighbourhood.

National Aboriginal Day was formally proclaimed in 1996. June 21 was chosen for the day because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice.

With files from CBC's Geraldine Carriere