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First Nations marchers mark National Aboriginal Day with Hill rally

As the Senate continues to crunch its way through the remaining items of business on the legislative agenda, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair will make his way to Victoria Island, where he will, according to the advisory, "join Canadians from across the country as they ... show solidarity with First Nations" by taking part in the Paddling For Our Waters March, which will wrap up with a mid-afternoon rally on Parliament Hill.

Elsewhere in the capital, Conservative MP Royal Galipeau will mark National Aboriginal Day by filling in for Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney during a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument.

Blaney himself, meanwhile, is scheduled to join Senator Yonah Martin and representatives from the Canada Korea Society at the Canadian War Museum for an "evening gala" to kick off a weekend-long series of events honouring Korean War veterans.

Also on the pre-weekend good news circuit:

  • Revenue Minister Gail Shea pays respects to the Royal Canadian Air Force at a commemoration ceremony in Summerside, while in neighbouring Nova Scotia, Defence Minister Peter MacKay heads to the Caribou Ferry Terminal with news on service to Wood Islands.
  • Meanwhile, in Quebec City, MacKay's parliamentary secretary Chris Alexander will see off a platoon of Canadian soldiers.
  • Justice Minister Rob Nicholson drops by the Laura Secord Homestead in Niagara-on-the-Lake to unveil still more federal support for War of 1812 biennial-related festivities.
  • Elsewhere in Ontario, Minister of State for Science Gary Goodyear will "celebrate funding for new research partnerships" at Conestoga College in Cambridge.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Steven Fletcher marks the official opening of a new housing complex.
  • Finally, Vancouver South MP Wai Young will present a 2012 Small Craft Harbours Prix d'Excellence Award for "National Individual Commitment"to Art Childs at the departmental regional headquarters. 

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

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