Celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week

Dancer1Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary has a rapidly growing Aboriginal Services team which has been busy this week celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week.

National Aboriginal Day began in 1996 when former Governor General, The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, proclaimed June 21st to be National Aboriginal Day.

This day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and cultures in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.

June 21st marks the summer solstice; traditionally many Aboriginal cultures have held celebrations on or around this day. As you move about your day on June 21, please remember the significance it holds for all Canadians across the country, Aboriginal and non.

Also join in on the June 21st celebrations across the Nation as these distinct and diverse cultures, languages, traditions and spiritual beliefs are honored in many communities across Canada. For more information on events taking place across the country please visit www.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca.

Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary was designed to raise cultural awareness within the city of Calgary and to celebrate contemporary achievements of Indigenous people in Canada, Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary has developed into what it is today through the dedication and commitment of its volunteers.

AAWC organizes events and celebrations in and around Calgary, for the week leading up to National Aboriginal Day, June 21st. The AAWC Steering Committee is currently responsible for facilitating the Gala Event, and the Family Day Pow Wow Festival happening on June 22. To view the calendar of events for Calgary click HERE.