What does National Aboriginal Day mean to you? 

Susan Aglukark: National Aboriginal Day is a day of honouring and acknowledging our collective histories, a day to celebrate our collective journeys.

Kelly J. Lendsay: This is a day for all Canadians to honour our contribution in helping to build Canada ­—to celebrate our shared commitment to build inclusive schools, communities, and a strong Canada — socially and economically.

April Wemigwans: It means celebration, being proud and true to be  Aboriginal. It means commitment to bringing awareness to culture, and perseverance to be true to oneself and sharing love and laughter.

How are you celebrating National Aboriginal Day? 

SA: I will be doing a full band concert in Temagami, Ontario on National Aboriginal Day —very much looking forward to it!
KL: Typically I present at corporate gatherings across Canada, but this year I will support activities at home in Saskatoon.
AW: I will be celebrating with fellow employees and community partners in the TD courtyard. I also plan to check out the Na-Me-Res pow-wow at Wells Hill park and then celebrate at Canada’s Wonderland.

What can Canadians, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, do to celebrate this important day?

SA: We can together make a greater effort to educate ourselves on the true history of our collective Aboriginal histories — Inuit, First Nations, and Métis — and in turn, share our knowledge by passing it down to the next generation.

KL: Reach out to each other in friendship and learn about one another — take a walk,
share stories, but most importantly, enjoy laughter together. 

AW: There are plenty of events throughout Canada — just attend! You never know what you’ll find. More importantly, have fun, celebrate, and share culture.