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National Aboriginal Day: Tell us who inspires you

Categories: Canada, Community

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Next Friday, Canada will celebrate National Aboriginal Day, the one day set aside every year to recognize the unique cultures and contributions of our country's First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Excitement for the day is building in cities and communities across Canada, where about 1.3 million people identify themselves as aboriginal.


Canada boasts a number of aboriginal people who have risen to national or international fame, including:

  • Singers Buffy Sainte Marie and Robbie Robertson
  • Academy Award-nominated actor Graham Greene.
  • Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller.
  • Theresa Spence, chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation.
  • Actor Adam Beach (of CBC's own Arctic Air).
  • Justice Murray Sinclair, who headed up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Writer Tomson Highway

But thousands more make a difference in this country every day with far less recognition -- the scientists, teachers, business owners, volunteers, agriculturists, academics and parents that help make Canada a better place.

We want to see and hear about the amazing aboriginal people in your community. Tell us their names, what they do and how they inspire you. Please keep your submission under 200 words -- and send us a photo of them to go along with your story.

There are two ways to submit:

1. Email your submission to community@cbc.ca with the subject line "Celebrating National Aboriginal Day."
2. Upload your story to our member pages.

We will be compiling the best stories and photos into a special gallery.

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