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Celebrate Canada’s Indigenous Culture with Parks Canada on Aboriginal Day

Celebrate Canada’s Indigenous Culture with Parks Canada on Aboriginal Day
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Traditional art and culture presented at Thousand Islands National Park


Mallorytown – Parks Canada is committed to a system of national heritage places that commemorates the contributions of Indigenous Peoples, their history and cultures, as well as the special relationship Indigenous Peoples have with the land. While we are celebrating Canada 150 in 2017, the history of this land and the contributions of its people present a rich tapestry and date back far beyond 150 years. We recognize that Indigenous Peoples have inhabited these lands since time immemorial.

Aboriginal Day is a celebration of the unique cultures that make up Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. On Saturday June 17, Thousand Islands National Park will present a celebration of Indigenous art and culture at its Visitor Centre in Mallorytown Landing.

Aboriginal Day activities will be on-going from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with members of the Native North American Travelling College of the Ronathahonni Cultural Centre in Akwesasne, offering traditional cultural performances at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. These interactive performances will showcase singers, dancers, and storytellers presenting the teachings of the Mohawk people of Akwesasne and the Haudenosaunee to park visitors. 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.

This summer Thousand Islands National Park will also host a temporary LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017 exhibit from June 12th to June 18th. This presentation is part of a nationwide contemporary art initiative created by a team of acclaimed Canadian curators, contemporary artists, and art students at 15 universities from across the country. The art installation will offer visitors new ways to explore their relationship to nature and fellow humans. Inspired by the stories of our diverse histories, cultures and Indigenous Peoples, the presentation at Thousand Islands National Park will feature artists from Queen’s University and commissioned artists Tanya Lukin Linklater and Leah Decter. Visit www.Landmarks2017.ca to learn more.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government is very pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada places in 2017. The FREE Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass provides unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas across the country.

The Aboriginal Day celebrations will take place on the mainland Thousand Islands National Park property of Mallorytown Landing. Travellers who plan to visit other areas of the park should check our website www.pc.gc.ca/ti and social media for updates, as some park services and facilities have been affected by high water.

Quick Facts

· Parks Canada administers 171 national historic sites across Canada. 2017 marks the centennial of Canada’s national historic sites. National historic sites reflect the rich heritage of our country and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diversity, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.
· LandMarks2017 is a signature Canada 150 project that uses the Indigenous experience as its guide to examine Canadian identity, history and landscape. Bringing together students and mentors, artists and the community, the project inspires a new generation and leaves a lasting legacy for all Canadians.
· Established in 1904, Thousand Islands National Park is the oldest national park east of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Visitor Centre is located at 1121, 1000 Islands Parkway in Mallorytown Landing, just west of the intersection with County Road 5 (exit 675 from the 401). For information, please contact us by telephone at 613-923-5261 or by email at ont-ti@pc.gc.ca.

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