Nunatsiaq News
FEATURES: -none- June 28, 2002 - 5:33 pm

Great day for a party

National Aboriginal Day a celebration of culture and of people

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Though not a statutory holiday in Nunavut, June 21, National Aboriginal Day, was a day for fun and games.

In Iqaluit, students at Nakasuk and Joamie schools took the afternoon to play in the sun.

Nakasuk students circulated among several stations to play games ranging from Inuit baseball to frolicking under a giant parachute. Joamie students put up a giant tent city and put on a fashion show.

On June 13, 1996, the Governor General dedicated June 21 as a celebration of First Nations and Inuit culture. The aboriginal community chose the date because it marks the first day of summer and is the longest day of the year.

The Northwest Territories is the only place in Canada to recognize Aboriginal Day as a statutory holiday
In the evening, Iqaluit residents turned out at the Parish Hall for an Aboriginal Day square dance and some traditional tunes.

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