June 21st has been observed in many Native communities in North America as National Aboriginal Day. It is traditionally a sacred time marking the summer equinox and coming of new growth.
The 24th General Council (of the United Church of Canada) invited non-Native congregations to recognize this date as a traditionally sacred day among First Nations. The 34th General Council reiterated this invitation in light of the 1992 activities to observe the 500 years of contact in the Americas between Europeans and Indigenous peoples. In 1996, the federal government also proclaimed this a national day of celebration and reflection on the history and contributions of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
This year, non-Native congregations are invited to be proactive in supporting the United Church goal of building “right relationships” with Native peoples.