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Whatever you choose to call it, Happy National Aboriginal Day, Canada.
In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of June 21st as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day and it was finally proclaimed by Canada’s governor general in 1996. This date was selected because it is on or near the summer solstice.
Known as National Aboriginal Day, it is a day upon which we recognize and celebrate the culture and heritage of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The contributions made by these communities include art, language and spirituality... among other things.
Sharing a legacy of oral tradition, our native people have many beautiful stories that illustrate their culture and beliefs. These stories are like a bridge that ties a community with its past and future; reaching across generations and acknowledging a great respect for, and the value of ,balance and harmony.
The Elders say that our words and thoughts have the power to create change in the world. The circle is often used for this sort of discussion. It represents the natural order, cycles and explains relationships. Infinite and continuous, the circle is a way of explaining how we are all connected. When we exercise compassion, empathy and kinship we honour our interrelatedness with all of creation. With reciprocity, responsibility, relationships and respect, we create a harmonious world. Something I try to celebrate, every day.