Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to learn more about our province’s aboriginal culture on Wednesday, June 21, during National Aboriginal Day. To celebrate the day, Millbrook First Nation will officially open the Glooscap Heritage Centre which is located in the Truro Power Centre. The celebrations include a theatre presentation, musical performances, and a self-guided tour. Other First Nation communities will organize sports events, storytelling sessions, pow wows and presentations on aboriginal history and hold workshops on traditional teaching, drumming, dancing and crafts. Michael Baker, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, is encouraging all Nova Scotians to take part in the activities and recognize this important celebration. “The Mi’kmaq are the original inhabitants of Nova Scotia and contribute greatly to it. We share a common interest in growing Nova Scotia’s economy, celebrating our culture and heritage and conserving our resources,” said Mr. Baker. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to attend some of the many events planned for National Aboriginal Day.” National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by former governor general Romeo LeBlanc. It is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. For the list of National Aboriginal Day events in Nova Scotia, see the Nova Scotia Department of Aboriginal Affairs website www.gov.ns.ca/abor/ or the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada website at www.inac.gc.ca .
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