An aboriginal is a person who inhabits or has been existing in a particular land from before the arrival of colonists. In short, these are people who are indigenous to that particular land. National Aboriginal day is also known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a day created for indigenous people and their communities to celebrate their culture, heritage and their feats of achievement. What’s more? It is a beautiful day when we can celebrate the diversity that is found in our earth. It is celebrated on June 21 in Canada. This article has all that one needs to know about National Aboriginal Day.
History behind National Aboriginal day
National Aboriginal Day was initially known as National Indigenous Peoples day or Journée nationale des peuples autochtones (in French). It is celebrated in Canada. In the beginning, the Indian Act was passed that prohibited Aboriginal People to self-govern and placed them under the law. In 1960, the Aboriginal people finally received voting rights. The National Indian Brotherhood demanded that June 21 be celebrated as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day. National Aboriginal Day was first announced in the year 1996 and from then it is on 21st June. The National Aboriginal Day term was coined by Romeo LeBlanc, the then Governor General of Canada. This was based on a demand by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
Facts about aboriginals
Now for some intriguing facts about aboriginals:
The oldest aboriginals living outside of Africa are the Australian Aboriginals. It is believed that this ancient community of people came to Australia from Africa by boat and has been indigenous to Australia for about 50,000 years.
Indigenous constitute about 5 percent of the total global population; this is more than 370 million indigenous people across 90 countries.
There exist more than 5000 indigenous communities on Earth and they speak about 4000 different languages.
How to celebrate National Aboriginal Day?
National Aboriginal Day can be celebrated by:
- Telling kids and reminding adults about the existence, significance, culture and heritage of Aboriginals who are native to the place one lives in.
- To learn and experience Aboirignal lifestyle by travelling to Aboriginal community attractions; to interact with Aboriginal descendants, to learn more about them and their lifestyle, to indulge in Aboriginal traditions and to taste Aboriginal recipes.
- Celebrate the summer solstice. Aboriginals have been celebrating the day of summer solstice long before it was officially recognized as National Aboriginal Day.
- Spreading awareness on social media and using #nationalaboriginalday
Why celebrate National Aboriginal Day?
National Aboriginal Day is more than just a holiday to be celebrated. It is a day established to remember and celebrate the true inhabitants of the land. It is the day we thank them for allowing us to share a home with them. Aboriginal traditions are slowly dying away and fading out of existence, due to modernization. National Aboriginal Day helps to preserve these dying traditions and celebrates diversity of people. So don’t forget to celebrate this June 21!
When is National Aboriginal Day?