This is the longest day of the year and marks the changing of seasons. It is also a very important day for Aboriginal people (Indian, Métis, Inuit).
In 1982, this day was chosen to celebrate the land and the Aboriginal people and their culture. It is also a public (statutory) holiday in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In these territories, employees must be given a day off with pay. This is also a sacred day for employees belonging to Canadian First Nations; employers in other provinces and territories may have to accommodate employees who want to observe this day. Communities hold feasts and invite guests.
In addition, on June 27, Canadians will celebrate Multiculturalism Day. This day is not a public holiday but, in addition to National Aboriginal Day (June 21) and Saint-Jean Baptiste Day (June 24), is part of Celebrate Canada, a week-long celebration of events culminating in Canada Day (July 1).
On November 13, 2002, the Government of Canada, by royal proclamation, designated June 27 of each year as Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
Multiculturalism Day is intended to encourage individuals to reflect on our shared commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect.
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