THUNDER BAY – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) are joining First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples across Canada today in celebrating National Aboriginal Day, a day proclaimed in June 1996 by the Governor General of Canada to celebrate Aboriginal culture and diversity while recognizing the contributions Aboriginal peoples have made towards shaping Canada.
“This is a day where Aboriginal people from across Canada celebrate who we are as a culture and promote diversity amongst our community,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy who will be taking part at opening ceremonies in Thunder Bay. “This is a time to celebrate our accomplishments and the richness of our culture. ”
NAN along with other organizations and institutions are part of the National Aboriginal Day Committee of Thunder Bay which organized events at the Marina Park in Thunder Bay all day long. People will gather to celebrate and share with dance, song and theatrical performances both contemporary and traditional and feast together as a community.