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National Aboriginal Day 2011 Events

June 21st, 2011 is the summer solstice AND National Aboriginal Day!!!

The National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) originally called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Day back in 1982. From these early discussions, June 21st, the summer solstice, was chosen as the date for this celebration because so many Aboriginal cultures and communities already celebrated their culture and heritage on that day. Finally in 1996 June 21st was officially declared National Aboriginal Day by the Governor General at the time, Romeo LeBlanc.

Below you will find information on the events that I've run across, but there are probably many more. Check out your local friendship centre, community centre, municipal website or school to see what's happening in your area!

All of the events are taking place on Tuesday June 21st unless I've indicated otherwise.


National Aboriginal Day 2011
11:00am - 3:00pm
Heritage Park, #1 Tolen Drive
Fort McMurray, Alberta

Amiskwaciy Academy High School & RBC Royal Eagles Edmonton Buffalo Burger Barbeque & Celebration
11:00am - 2:00pm
Abbey Glen Park - Southeast Corner 102 St & Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta

National Aboriginal Day Celebration
1:00 to 4:00p.m.
Centennial Plaza, Edmonton (behind Stanley Milner Library)
(780)477-7961 ext 205 or (780)498-3759

British Columbia:

Aboriginal Day Celebration
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3310 Comox Road
Courtenay, British Columbia
Ramona Johnson

National Aboriginal Day - Heartbeat of Nations
10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Tke'mlups - Annex building
Kamloops, British Columbia

Trout Lake National Aboriginal Day celebration
Meeting for breakfast at 8:30am at:
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society, 1607 East Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Followed by a celebration march to Trout Lake

National Aboriginal Day Gathering
Rocky Point Park, Port Moody BC


Aboriginal Day Live
June 18th
The Forks, 201 - One Forks Market Road
Winnipeg MB
(204)947.9331 ext. 358
W: http://www.aboriginaldaylive.ca

8th Annual National Aboriginal Day Event
10:00am to 4:00pm
Indian and Metis Friendship Centre, 45 Robinson Street, Winnipeg MB

National Aboriginal Day at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre
10:00am to 4:00pm
The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre
Winnipeg MB

The Manito Ahbee Festival Aboriginal Day Celebrations at the Red River Ex
Pow Wow Grand Entry at 1:00pm
Concert starts at 8:00pm
Red River Exhibition Park, Central Park Lawn & Stage
Winnipeg MB

National Aboriginal Day in Thompson
9:00am to 11:30pm
Mclean Park
Thompson MB

MMF Celebrates Aboriginal Day
Starts 9:00am
Selkirk Park
Selkirk MB


National Aboriginal Day
Starts 6:00am
Fort William Historical Park
Thunder Bay


Rendez-vous Spirituel
Starts 5:00 am (sunrise)
Plage Tomoqua (facing Cenacle St-Pierre 12270 Notre-Dame)
Pointe-du-Lac, Trois-Rivières, Quebec

National Manawan Aboriginal Day
June 21-22, 2011
Manawan, Quebec

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations
Amiti Autochtone de Val d'Or Centre - 1272 7th Street
Val d'Or, Quebec


National Aboriginal Day Celebration
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

National Aboriginal Day Celebration
Starts 9:00am
Wascana Park, Regina


Nominate A Youth From Your Community!

Entry Deadline Submission June 30, 2012

In an effort to highlight Aboriginal youth initiatives and successes, CANDO features a National Youth Panel at our Annual National Conference & AGM. This event features Aboriginal youth who are pursing and speaking their ways of success in areas of education, working within the field of Aboriginal economic development and/or as individual entrepreneurs. Previous youth panelists have been involved in employment and entrepreneurial ventures such as: a sports wear company; fresh water bottling and catering businesses, a Vice President of an Internet company, an artist and writer who owns a comic book publishing company, an Outfitting company, Outdoor garden center craft store owner, Outdoor Adventure Company, Fashion Designer, First Nations Snowboarding Team Coordinator and Aboriginal Diabetes Outreach Program worker to name a few.

Each year CANDO selects six Aboriginal youth participants. Once all submissions have been received, the CANDO Board, Conference Committee and CANDO Staff select the youth based upon their strengths, their initiatives, their accomplishments, their entrepreneurial spirit of launching their careers, and their participation within their communities. Successful applicants will be notified no later than two weeks after the nomination deadline.

Please download the complete nomination form below to nominate a youth from your community for the 2012 National Youth Panel. Read more about the National Youth Panel.

To Register >>

City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre

www.nextsteps.org is the City of Calgary's Youth Employment Centre website.

Here you will find tips and workshop info on figuring out the best career path for you, finding a job, getting a job and keeping a job!

All the employment and career counselling services at the Youth Employment Centre are FREE for youth between 15 and 24 years old. Free services include use of a fax machine, Employment Counsellors, photocopiers, job boards, Internet and computer access, hiring and career fairs, workshops and their resource area.

They also have an Aboriginal Youth Outreach Worker who specifically helps Aboriginal youth with career planning, resume writing, job searching, interview techniques etc.

Click here to go to the Aboriginal Youth page and to get the contact info for the Aboriginal Youth Outreach Worker.

After School Program Embraces Aboriginal Programming

In this article from Alberta Sweetgrass, Sharon Goulet talks about several different after school programs in Calgary that focus on teaching different elements of Aboriginal culture, from painting and sculpture to ceremonies and teachings with elders.

If you live in Calgary and want to see what programs are available in your area, go to www.calgary.ca/afterschool, select search by "program type" and select "culturally-based programs". You will find a list of all the city's culturally-based after school programs with the location and a brief program description.

Alberta Sweetgrass - April 2010

AfterSchool program embraces Aboriginal programming

By Sharon Goulet

Sweetgrass Writer

A new Calgary-wide initiative for youth, aged 6 to 16, is providing information and access to a variety of quality, supervised and fun after school activities focusing on Aboriginal culture.

Currently, six Aboriginal programs are bing offered in different locations throughout the city through the Calgary AfterSchool program which is avilable free of charge to Aboriginal you between the hours of 3-6 p.m.

Aboriginal Buddies, provided by the YMCA off Calgary, offers opportunities to participate in activities that promote Aboriginal culture, heritage and traditions...

Click here to read the rest of the article.

First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program

Matachewan First Nation is looking for students interested in a summer job as a ranger. As part of the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program, successful applicants will work for Outland Reforestation Inc in natural resources based training and educational activities six days a week for seven weeks.

Firesteel Camp, 13km west of Upsala Ontario

To build self-confidence, live and work in an environment founded on a sense of community, gain skills for possible future jobs in forest/mining/natural resources jobs and get a co-op education credit!

How to apply:
Send your resume to Band Manager Laura Jean Flood at laurajean.flood@xplornet.com or fax to (705)565-2585

For more information, click here.