National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day

Posted on June 22 by admin
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Yesterday was National Aboriginal Day, and it kick-started the 11 day celebration of Canada, that ends with Canada Day (July 1st). This year Canada will be 144 yeas old. The land that we now call Canada has of course existed for much longer than 144 years, and had quite a different population before the first Vikings and later Europeans arrived.

National Aboriginal Day celebates the people and the culture that lived and thrived in Canada before it was Canada, and that continues to live and thrive in the present day. The day was first celebreated in 1996 after it was proclaimed by Governor General Romeo LeBlanc.

There were celebrations all over Canada yesterday for the day. You can check out some of the videos here.

Here at Dundurn we like to celebrate things with books, (I mean who doesn’t?) so here are some of my favourite titles to help celebrate National Aboriginal Day:

A Green Place for Dying by R.J. Harlick (Mystery): Meg returns to her home to find that a friend’s daughter has been missing from the Migiskan Reserve for more than two months. Meg vows to help find her and in the process discovers she isn’t the only Native woman who has gone missing. Fearing the worst, Meg finds herself confronting an underside of life she would rather not know existed.

Arctic Thunder by Robert Feagan (Teen): Fourteen-year-old Mike Watson’s team has just won the Alberta Bantam Provincial box lacrosse championships when Mike’s father is transferred to the Northwest Territories. As his friendships develop, Mike is introduced to the amazing athleticism of traditional arctic sports, and the idea for an Inuvik lacrosse team is born.

Smoke Signals The Native Takeback of North Americ’s Tobacco Industry by Jim Poling, Sr. (Non-Fiction): The history and current state of tobacco from its Native origins in South America’s Andes through its checkered history in North America as a “miracle” drug, powerful narcotic, friend of government revenue departments, and law-enforcement target as contraband and tax diversion are traced.

Do you have books that you would recommend?