Tuesday, June 16, 2009

National Aboriginal Day

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) reports this about National Aboriginal Day:
June 21 was first proclaimed in 1996 as an annual occasion to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis. Collectively these groups make up the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.

The date was selected for several reasons, including the fact that it coincides with the summer solstice.

Aboriginal Solidarity Day is marked every year on the same date to honour the achievements of Aboriginal Peoples in all areas of achievement, including the arts, language, reverence for the land and spirituality.

So far, National Aboriginal Day is celebrated only in Canada; but, everyone can celebrate by doing something.

I recommend going to the Survival International website and sending a letter regarding one or more aboriginal communities that require support.

It's easy and costs only the price of an international stamp. Go to the site and decide which tribal peoples you want to support. Fill in your name and address. The website sends a completely-written letter to your email inbox. Print it off, sign, slip in envelope and post.

Amazingly simple - even I could do it.

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