“Aboriginal peoples have always played a defining role in the development of this great country and continue to contribute greatly to all areas of Canadian life. The diverse cultures of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit are celebrated across Canada from coast to coast to coast, from pow wows in British Columbia, to Back to Batoche Festival Days in Saskatchewan, to the Toonik Tyme Festival in Iqaluit.
“Our Government is committed to building strong First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. That is why over the past few years through both our economic action plans and legislation we have made significant contributions to education and training, community infrastructure – including healthcare and water treatment facilities – land claims, matrimonial rights, financial transparency, and emergency preparedness.
“Aboriginal peoples have helped shape Canada’s past and will be a vital part of our future. During National Aboriginal Day and throughout National Aboriginal History Month in June, I encourage all Canadians to learn more about Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit, to recognize their integral contributions to the Canadian identity, and to participate in the many special events celebrating their cultures.”