CUPE members were proud to take part in a National Aboriginal Day event on June 21 in Ottawa hosted by Tungasuvvingat Inuit.
Excitement was in the air as participants of all ages wore traditional Inuit clothing, played Inuit games and performed Inuit music, including a special performance featuring throat singing.
“It was great to participate in an Inuit event like this,” said CUPE Diversity Vice-President Brian Barron. “It really shows the diversity of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.”
Tungasuvvingat Inuit is an organization that strives to empower and enhance the lives of Inuit residing in Ontario. They advise other organizations on Inuit culture and values, and offer a wide range of resources for the community, including a drop-in centre, where visitors can make tea and bannock, read northern newspapers, and socialize with other Inuit.
Canada’s National Aboriginal Day is annually held on June 21—the first day of summer—to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of the nation’s Aboriginal peoples.