Ottawa, June 21, 2012 – Ontario Senator and Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples member, Don Meredith, has issued the following statement in celebration of National Aboriginal Day:
Today I join with the people of Ontario and all Canadians in celebrating the great contributions and cultures of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.
This year’s festivities are especially important as our country remembers the War of 1812 when the First Nations fought alongside the British and French Canadians to defend the country they loved. Out of many unfortunate deaths a nation was born.
National Aboriginal Day serves as a reminder that aboriginal culture is an essential part of the Canadian identity. Our country would be drastically different without the contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.
My message this National Aboriginal Day is that the future is bright for our aboriginal peoples.
Our government understands this and has committed to building and improving water systems on Canadian reserves and investing heavily in education and job training. This sends a clear message that our aboriginal people matter.
I encourage all Canadians to participate in the many celebrations taking place across Canada.