National Aboriginal Day
National Aboriginal Day is our national day to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to Canada. Come join us at a Parks Canada place or at Aboriginal Day Live celebrations happening in major cities across the country.
Working together: Our stories
Newfoundland and Labrador
Terra Nova National Park, June 21, 10 am to 2 pm
Celebration of Culture. In honour of Indigenous partners, come celebrate the traditions and culture of the Mi’kmaq people of the island of Newfoundland
Halifax Waterfront along boardwalk, June 21, 10 am to 8 pm
Parks Canada will be highlighting opportunities for all to learn and be immersed in Mi'kmaq culture at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and Port-Royal National Historic Site. See our touch table, talk to our knowledgeable staff about petroglyphs, unique paddling experiences, and plan to walk away with a few summer bucket list items.
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, June 21, 12 pm to 3 pm
Celebrate Mi'kmaw culture at Kejimkujik with Parks Canada interpreters and special guests. Experience Mi’kmaw Culture! Learn, listen, savour and enjoy!
Events at Mi’kmaw Encampment at Merrymakedge P2 from 12 pm until 3 pm:
- traditional Mi’kmaw encampment, furs, tools, weapons and clothing
- birch bark canoe display
- warm bone broth sampling, medicinal tea, lusknikn and blueberries
- petroglyph images
- atlatl throwing
Please park at P1, P3, or P4. Join in celebrating National Aboriginal Day and explore the true essence of Kejimkujik.
MacIntosh Brook Campground at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, June 24, 1 pm to 6 pm
This free special event will feature contemporary artist Ursula Johnson with local collaborators in a feast and participatory performance called (re)al-location as a part of the national project LandMarks2017
Montréal, Quartier des spectacles, June 21, 11 am to 3 pm
Airbrush tattoo parlor:
Get inked! Get a free Parks Canada animal airbrush tattoo during the Aboriginal Day Live on June 21st at the Place des Festivals in Montréal.
Virtual photo studio:
Travel far and wide with Parks Canada. Send a virtual post card to your friends of you in one of our parks.
Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site, June 21, 12 pm to 8 pm
Open to everyone!
Pow wow: Algonquin festival organized by Timiskaming First Nation of Notre-Dame-Du-Nord in collaboration with the Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site.
Dances, singing, drums, veterans’ ceremony, food and much more!
Ottawa at Major’s Hill Park, June 21, 10 am to 8 pm
Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with Parks Canada and experience Inuit history, culture, language, games and stories. Discover the Arctic with a photo exhibit of Northern parks and learn how you can explore Canada’s Indigenous culture in your backyard.
Toronto at Fort York National Historic Site, June 21, 10 am to 8 pm
Parks Canada is excited to celebrate with you on National Aboriginal Day! Come take a tour of Parks Canada places through fun activities and interactive experiences. It will be a day of connection and sharing stories.
Pukaskwa National Park, June 21, 9 am to 3 pm
Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with Pukaskwa National Park! Join us for the grand opening of the newly constructed Anishinaabe Camp, family-friendly activities and learn about Anishinaabe culture with the park’s interpreters.
Bellevue National Historic Site, June 21, 10 am to 5 pm
“Many Voices” Indigenous Community Art Exhibit Launch Event and Visitor Centre Exhibit "Imagine a Country" launch.
Together, Bellevue House and Partners in Art invite visitors to creatively explore and deepen their connection to Canada’s heritage. This exhibit of Indigenous works of art presents contemporary viewpoints that addresses themes of confederation from an Indigenous perspective.
The Fathers of Confederation dreamed of a country connected from sea to sea. Share your dream for Canada in an interactive feature, "Imagine a Country".
Thousand Islands National Park, June 17, 10 pm to 4 pm
Celebrate National Aboriginal Day at Thousand Islands National Park's visitor centre. Discover more about Canada's Indigenous cultures on the dazzling shores of the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands, a traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. Thousand Island National Park’s featured guests will be members of the Native North American Travelling College of the Ronathahonni Cultural Centre in Akwesasne who will offer traditional cultural performances at 1 pm and 2 pm. These performances will be interactive with singers, dancers and storytellers bringing the teachings the Mohawk people of Akwesasne and the Iroquois Nations to the park. Carvings by Canadian artist Curt Sauer will also be on display throughout the event. Sauer, who has Algonquin roots, will be on hand to discuss his carvings, the tools he uses, and his lifetime of experience working with wood.
Riding Mountain National Park, June 24, 11 am to 3 pm
Join us and celebrate with Indigenous cultural performances, live music, dancing and entertainment, including Eric Mentuck, D-town Steppers, TNT Dancers, Chris Barker Band, and the Roulette Band. MC'd by Dean McKay. Activities include an Anishinabe hospitality at the Sharing Lodge, mountain bike demonstration and bike rides, cultural programs by Eugene Ross, and an opportunity to meet and greet local performing artists and skillful beading artists. Activities take place in Wasagaming at the Anishinabe Sharing Lodge.
The Forks National Historic Site, June 21, 12 pm to 6 pm
Parks Canada is very pleased to once again offer unique and engaging activities at Aboriginal Day Live! in 2017. Get a free airbrush tattoo with a beautiful design from a National Park or National Historic Site in Manitoba. Explore the life and legacy of Louis Riel with the “Stories from Riel House” display. Make your own Medicine-Wheel Bracelet. Take your picture with our giant inflatable beaver.
Batoche National Historic Site, June 21, 10 am to 4 pm
Come celebrate National Aboriginal Day with us at Batoche National Historic Site! We will have a jam-packed day filled with hands-on activities including a performance by the Smoking Sage drumming group of One Arrow, bannock baking, an art workshop with Leah Dorion where you colour and eat your own cookie, and storytelling.
Prince Albert National Park, June 24, 10 am to 1 pm
Celebrate the spirit of National Aboriginal Day at the grand re-opening of the Prince Albert National Park Nature Centre! Be one of the first to take a tour through the new exhibits and learn about this unique part of Canada. Pristine lakes and stunning forests aren’t the only draws at Prince Albert National Park! It’s also a great place to discover more about Canada’s rich Indigenous cultures. Connect with nature while being inspired by the strong traditions and cultures tied to the park!
Victoria Park in Edmonton, June 21, 10 am to 5 pm
Parks Canada Learn-to Camp:
Think you might want to explore Canada's treasured places this summer by giving camping a try? Come drop by Parks Canada's Learn-to Camp display for a helpful tip or two! Knowledgeable Parks Canada staff will be available to demonstrate various camping skills to get you started. Learn how to choose and set up a tent or be inspired with recipes for your next campfire cookout.
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, June 24, 10 am to 5 pm
Celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities with crafts, games, music, and dance.
Fort St. James National Historic Site, June 21, 9 am to 5 pm
We celebrate the culture of our Indigenous partners with bannock making demos, drumming and music.
Burnaby at Trout Lake Park, June 21, 9 am to 12 pm
Come celebrate National Aboriginal Day with Parks Canada's Vancouver Outreach Team. Celebrate with us by coming to our booth and getting a free airbrush tattoo inspired by our beautiful Parks Canada locations. Colour and fold your very own cruncher with cool facts about Indigenous cultures. Come learn about the amazing clam gardens created by the Coast Salish people in Gulf Islands National Park while you spin our trivia wheel for a special prize.
Yellowknife at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, June 21, 10 am to 5 pm
Experience a flyover of our national parks and stories of the night sky while watching videos in our inflatable planetarium with stories in the night sky.