National Aboriginal Day is a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
In Ottawa, most of the celebrations took place on Victoria Island, in the middle of the Ottawa River. It was a great chance to hear some performers, browse a variety of crafts and enjoy the atmosphere.
As an “almost Canadian” citizen, I enjoy learning about all aspects of this country’s culture. I must admit that Ottawa isn’t usually the best place to discover Aboriginal’s culture so this was a great opportunity. I strongly believe that we, newcomers, need to acknowledge this wonderful culture and its contribution to Canada. There is a long history of prejudices and stereotypes in Canada and it’s also up to us to make it change. So celebrate Aboriginal culture!
I would also like to recommend a great blog I have been reading for a little while now: Urban Native Girl Stuff’s. The author, Lisa, is Tsilhqot’in and a Cherokee Dutch/Mexican girl currently living in Toronto. Her blog aim at “dispelling myths and stereotypes about Indigenous North Americans; to support and celebrate the artistic endeavors by Indigenous people”. She is also a pop culture fan — basically, you can not not like her!