Today is National Aboriginal Day, an occasion designed to celebrate the rich contribution aboriginal people have made to Canada.
The first National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed by then-Governor General Roméo LeBlanc in 1996, and it's been celebrated every year since. But calls for a national day of recognition to celebrate Canada's aboriginal population began with the National Indian Brotherhood (which later became the Assembly of First Nations) as far back as 1982.
There are lots of festivities happening across Canada today. Check this list of events to find out what's going near you. If you're in Vancouver, the National Aboriginal Day Pow-Wow runs from 6:00-10:00 tonight at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 Hastings Street East. In Edmonton, the Wicihitowin Annual Community Gathering is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm at Giovanni Cabotto Park. And in Regina, celebrations are taking place at the Northwest Corner of Wascana Park from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Earlier this season, the CBC's Wab Kinew stopped by to talk about the First Nations stereotypes he hears all the time - and why people need to stop using them:
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn A-in-chut Atleo was also on the program this season, talking about improving conditions for First Nations people:
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