Provincial Government Recognizes National Aboriginal Day

Provincial Government Recognizes National Aboriginal Day

by pmnationtalk on June 21, 2016291 Views

June 21, 2016

Celebrating Aboriginal Culture

Today, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, participated in the opening ceremonies of the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre National Aboriginal Day events at Pippy Park.

“National Aboriginal Day provides all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians the opportunity to celebrate the contributions and vibrant cultures of the province’s Aboriginal people. It was an honour to attend the opening ceremonies this morning at Pippy Park and observe traditional songs, art and dance.”
– The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier and Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs

As Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, Premier Ball is working in partnership with Aboriginal governments and organizations as well as the Federal Government to progress numerous Aboriginal files such as:

  • Implementing the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report;
  • Committing that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will participate in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; and
  • Supporting efforts to repatriate the remains of Demasduit and Nonosbawsut from the National Museum of Scotland.

“I wish everyone a Happy National Aboriginal Day and I look forward to continued reconciliation with the province’s Aboriginal governments and organizations.”
– Premier Ball

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day. National Aboriginal Day is an occasion to celebrate the rich contributions and vibrant culture of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

QUICK FACTS

  • Today, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, participated in the opening ceremonies of the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre National Aboriginal Day events at Pippy Park.
  • Today marks the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day.
  • National Aboriginal Day is an occasion to celebrate the rich contributions and vibrant culture of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

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Media contacts:

Nancy O’Connor
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
709-689-1825
[email protected]

Erin Curran
Communications Specialist
Office of the Premier
709-725-9231
[email protected]

Kevin Guest
Director of Communications
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
709-729-1495, 730-2320
[email protected]

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