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June 20, 2013

National Aboriginal Day – June 21

On June 21st, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast.  National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.  In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21st for National Aboriginal Day because it is also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For generations, many Aboriginal peoples have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day.

The Healing Journey: Family Violence Prevention in Aboriginal Communities is a project that was based on a collaboration between Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB)  and Gignoo Transition House Inc., the only Aboriginal transition house in New Brunswick.  The Healing Journey toolkit and website (www.thehealingjourney.ca) provides holistic and culturally sensitive information about addressing family violence in Aboriginal communities.

For more information on National Aboriginal Day, check out this website: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249.