National Aboriginal Day (NAD) is celebrated every June 21st. NAD is a time for all Canadians to recognize the unique heritage, the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
National Aboriginal Day is part of the "Celebrate Canada!" program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1). For more information on the "Celebrate Canada!" program and funding opportunities, please visit the Canadian Heritage website .
While all federal government departments support NAD, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and Canadian Heritage collaborate to promote this special day.
AANDC provides products that promote NAD while Canadian Heritage provides funding opportunities for community celebratory events.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), NAD activities are coordinated by an independent committee made up of representatives from national Aboriginal organizations: the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, the Métis National Council, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Native Women's Association of Canada, Pauktuutit and the Assembly of First Nations.
Each year a different organization takes the lead on NAD activities within the NCR.
Funding information can be found at the Canadian Heritage, Celebrate Canada! program website or by contacting one of its regional offices in your area.