The Centre celebrates today as National Aboriginal Day.
On June 21 National Aboriginal Day is celebrating 20 years of strong vibrant cultures and traditions. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.
Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
Today, the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity takes a moment to celebrate the Two-Spirit Elders who have helped build our organization in solidarity and reconciliation. We will continue to work in solidarity with Two-Spirit, Queer & Trans Indigenous, Metis & Inuit people to address discrimination within our country.
Stay tuned for a big announcement in August 2016.