Celebrating Indigenous Cultures

This June 21 marks the 25th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day

Blackfoot elder Dr. Reg Crow Shoe meets with AER staff

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and for many indigenous people in Canada, it is an important day of cultural significance.

The idea for a national day to celebrate indigenous cultures was suggested in 1982 by the National Indian Brotherhood, now known as the Assembly of First Nations. The Brotherhood proposed that the day coincide with the summer solstice. In 1996, Canada recognized June 21 as National Aboriginal Day.

From sunup to sundown on this day, Canadians are asked to take time to recognize the diverse cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people of Canada.

The AER is striving to form deeper, long-lasting relationships with First Nations and Métis communities. It’s more than something we have to do—it’s something that we are learning is critical on our journey forward as a regulator of responsible energy development. The AER is committed to celebrating the indigenous peoples of Canada on National Aboriginal Day.

Communities and organizations across the country will hold National Aboriginal Day events. There will be opportunities to observe and participate in storytelling, presentations, feasts, drum circles, pow-wows, and traditional songs and games. To find out how you can participate in events on this longest day of the year, visit



National Aboriginal Day was officially recognized by former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc in 1996.

2017 is the 25th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day

June 21 is the day of the summer solstice and is the longest day of the year, with about 12 hours of daylight

In 2009, June was unanimously declared National Aboriginal History Month by the Canadian House of Commons

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