National Aboriginal History Month is a chance to bring First Nations, Inuit and Métis history to the forefront – a time to celebrate the diverse cultures of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
Since the House of Commons first proclaimed National Aboriginal History Month on June 3rd, 2009 as the result of an NDP motion, the response from Canadians has been incredible.
It seems that many felt we were missing an opportunity to mark both an important aspect of our history and to do something tangible to move towards real reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
From teachers, to libraries, to artists and even to the Toronto Police Services; communities across the country are finding ways to celebrate National Aboriginal History Month and reflect on the many contributions of Aboriginal peoples.
On behalf of all New Democrats, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Canadians, particularly First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples a wonderful National Aboriginal History Month.