Every year on June 21st, Bent Arrow celebrates National Aboriginal Day with hundreds of children from surrounding public schools. Activities are cultural, engaging, and, above all, fun!
Aboriginal Day 2012 Click Here For More Pictures
What is National Aboriginal Day?
National Aboriginal Day (french: Journée nationale des Autochtones) is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on June 21 annually. Most provincial jurisdictions, however, do not recognize it as a statutory holiday.
On June 21, 2012, Bent Arrow held a very special National Aboriginal Day in its new office at Parkdale School with its partners Boyle Street Community Services and Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services to officially launch Kahkiyaw. MC Wab Kinew [link to his site], over 180 school children, and special guests Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell, MLA and Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk, and Mayor Stephen Mandel attended. After the formal proceedings, all attendees joined in a giant round dance that filled the entire school yard. An open house for the public to get to know Bent Arrow and activities for children and cultural entertainment, not to mention lots of great food, followed. We hope to see you at the next Bent Arrow National Aboriginal Day Celebration!