Canada Celebrates National Aboriginal Day on June 21

Celebrating the Heritage and Achievements of the Nation’s Aboriginal Peoples

We’ve all heard of Aboriginal Day, but how many of us really know how it all began? Back in 1996, Canada’s Governor General proclaimed the first National Aboriginal Day on June 21. This date was specially chosen because the Summer Solstice takes place each year on or around that date. Throughout history, Canada’s Aboriginal peoples have celebrated their cultures, heritage, customs and values on the Summer Solstice.

National Aboriginal Day Celebration in Edmonton, AB. Photo credit & source: Alicja Siekierska/CBC News

The Flag Shop treasures our relationships with our Aboriginal clients, which date back to the 1970s. Over the years, we have supplied countless flags, custom banners and promotional items, all celebrating and honouring the culture and values of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Take a peek at our Aboriginal Products Gallery, because, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

A Chance Meeting – The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship
The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman, first met Kwakwaka’wakw Artist Curtis Wilson on Facebook, of all places! Curtis is the designer and the heart and soul behind the Canadian Native Flag. When Susan first learned about the meaning and beauty behind the design, she knew she wanted to help share it with the world. Susan said, “It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since Curtis and I first met.” She added, “It’s a great time to honour the Aboriginal peoples of our country while promoting unity among Canadians, and Curtis’ flag does just that!”

Referring to the flag, Curtis said, “The two designs on the red side bands are K’utala-Salmon. Salmon is the perfect way to convey the importance of family, friendship, and strength in numbers. There are as many types of people living here in Canada as there are types of salmon. I would like to see us coming together in the future, not only my First Nations people, but all of Canada. The design within the maple leaf is a head of a killer whale in the shape of an oval. The killer whale head is surrounded by some traditional use designs called split ’U’ shapes.”

Share Some Laughs with the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum of Canadian Bar Association, BC Chapter
We love supporting events in our community, so when we were approached to support an upcoming event hosted by the BC Region, Department of Justice Canada and the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum (ALF), we jumped on board! We donated a gift package with two large Canadian Native Flags, embroidered crests, tattoos, enamel lapel pins and paper stick flags. These items will go towards the online auction, as part of a special Canada Day gift basket. The auction, in its 10th anniversary, will run from June 16 – 24. Proceeds will go towards the ALF, whose mandate is to support Aboriginal law students, graduates and practitioners, and enhance the importance and influence of Aboriginal people in the legal profession. Auction items will be displayed at a special celebratory reception at the Westin Wall Centre, Richmond, on June 16. There will be great entertainment, food and refreshments! Mi’kmaw broadcaster, comedian and activist Candy Palmater will perform.

Celebrations are being held in every region of our great nation. Check out the listing of Aboriginal Day events and plan to attend a celebration in your community. And, don’t forget your Canadian Native Flag!

National Aboriginal Day Celebration in Vancouver, BC. Image source: Vancitybuzz

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