June 2008 SaskSecrets 

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Celebrating National Aboriginal Day in Saskatchewan

In many countries around the world, the longest day of the year holds special cultural and spiritual significance. In Canada, this special time is when we observe National Aboriginal Day, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Celebrating Aboriginal CultureSaskatchewan’s past and present are deeply connected to the culture, history and traditions of First Nations and Métis people. Stories of Saskatchewan’s past include tales of legendary chiefs like Poundmaker and Big Bear, and Métis leaders Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Today’s modern Saskatchewan Aboriginal culture is one that honours the past while building toward an exciting future.

On June 21, National Aboriginal Day celebrations will happen across the province. Here is a sampling of what’s happening:

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations - Wascana Centre, Regina
Celebrate the 12th Anniversary of Regina National Aboriginal Day in the northwest corner of Wascana Centre. Free admission, 10:00 am grand entry. Aboriginal peoples - singing, drumming, dancing, fiddling, children's activities and more. Telephone: 306-546-4006, email: regina.nad@accesscomm.ca

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations - Friendship Park, Saskatoon
Afternoon activities begin with a grand entry, free soup and bannock lunch at 12 noon followed by guest speakers and Metis/First Nations entertainers. Free admission, 11am - 4pm. Telephone: 306-244-0174, email: SIMFC@sasktel.net, Website: www.simfc.com

National Aboriginal Day - Prince Albert National Park
Join in the celebrations marking National Aboriginal Day. 2008 will showcase Metis culture and heritage. Community Hall, Waskesiu Lake. Telephone: 306-663-4508, email: henry.fremont@pc.gc.ca

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations - Regent Park, Regina
Outdoor activities at the Regent Park Safeway parking lot, 3859 Sherwood Drive. Sponsored by Treaty 4 Education Centre, RT/SIS and Regent Park Safeway. Telephone: 306-522-5277, email: school@rtsis.com, website: www.t4ec.com

National Aboriginal Day - Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon
National Aboriginal Day Celebrations at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Telephone: 306-931-6767, Toll Free: 1-877-547-6546 (Canada/US), email: marketing@wanuskewin.com, Website: www.wanuskewin.com

National Aboriginal Day Open House - Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre
The Centre’s museum houses artifacts relating to First Nations, Métis and Pioneer history from 1870 to 1905 with exhibits, art and information on the North-West Resistance of 1885. First Nations, Métis and pioneer history, culture and traditions are portrayed through themes including origins, religion, education, law & upheaval and economics and commerce. Telephone: 306-467-2057, Toll Free: 1-866-467-2057 (Canada/US), email: duckmuf@sasktel.net, website: www.dlric.org.