Happy National Aboriginal Day!

21 Jun

Woot, woot!
Today is National Aboriginal Day!

This event is all about celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. While there had been similar calls for this kind of recognition earlier, the official launch of NAD happened in 1996 – and is now part of a series of “Celebrate Canada” days, beginning with National Aboriginal Day and followed by the National Holiday of Quebec (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27), and concluding with Canada Day (July 1).

All month we have been gearing up for this celebration.
We started a new Twitter series where we gave followers a word or phrase each day to illustrate the different dialects of Inuktitut, we shared some events details on Facebook about what is (and would be going on) around our city of Toronto and across Canada, and today we’re handing out a bunch of free stuff!

Visitors who stop by the museum today get a real treat! We have temporary tattoos, mini-puzzels, colouring pages, “crunchers” (or “cootie catchers” if you’re fancy), build-an-inuksuk, and more! All for free! We are even giving visitors the extra special, behind the scenes style chance to hold and feel some of our objects. Bye-Bye surly security guards telling people to stand back and look but don’t touch.

And don’t think that when the day is over, the event is as well. While this is the designated DAY, National Aboriginal stuff will continue on for the rest of the month. Better come over quickly though, before our staff starts picking through all these free goodies 🙂

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant

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