For example, in 1982 the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for June 21 to be National Aboriginal Solidarity Day.
In 1995 the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended for a National First Peoples Day to be designated.
In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations, the Canadian government chose June 21 for National Aboriginal Day because it was on or near the June solstice.
Many of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day for many generations.
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National Aboriginal Day is a paid holiday for employees in the Northwest Territories, except those in the Northwest Territories Teachers' Association (NWTTA).
It is not a statutory holiday in other parts of Canada.
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