National Aboriginal Day History
National Aboriginal Day serves to recognize the heritage, distinct cultures, exceptional achievements and contributions of Canada's aboriginal people and the role that they continue to play in the development of a harmonious multicultural nation. From the early 1500s till the late 1800s, European settlers and local aboriginals formed military alliances and clashed over commercial trade throughout colonial Canada.
As the British rule came to an end in 1867, Canada began to pass numerous acts and treaties aimed at shifting land titles and restricting the lives of aboriginals. It wasn't until the second half of the 20th century that aboriginal rights movements began to gain momentum. For generations, June 21st has been a day on which aboriginal peoples have celebrated their culture and heritage so, in 1996, Canadian Governor General Romeo LeBlanc proclaimed that June 21st, the summer solstice, would be further known as National Aboriginal Day.
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