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About Indigenous Day Live 2018

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, join the gathering and celebrate Indigenous cultures with APTN’s Indigenous Day Live in three cities!

Formally National Aboriginal Day, this year marks the first celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, as we host our celebration in Winnipeg, Toronto and Ottawa.

All Canadians are invited to join us – for free day celebrations and activities as well as a live concert – on location in our host cities, via a live 5-hour TV broadcast, via participating radio stations and online.

History of Indigenous Day Live (IDL)

Indigenous Day Live, formerly Aboriginal Day Live, has been delighting audiences since 2007. This event features some of the biggest names in Indigenous music and television, including JUNO Award winners and on-the-rise artists. It showcases talent from all genres, regions and nations, ensuring the recognition and inclusion of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

The first show debuted in a park outside the network’s headquarters in downtown Winnipeg and then moved to the historical Forks site in Winnipeg, MB. The celebration evolved to include twin stage performances from different locations across the county, including Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Ottawa, Regina, Iqaluit, Halifax, Edmonton, Montréal and Vancouver. IDL has grown year to year and continues to expand its grassroots reach to Indigenous communities across the country.

What is National Indigenous Peoples Day?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement on the National Aboriginal Day past, June 21st. The Government of Canada announced its intention to rename this day National Indigenous Peoples Day, and the 2018 summer solstice will mark a move forward and together in the spirit of reconciliation.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. The original National Aboriginal Day it was first celebrated on June 21, 1996, after being recognized through a proclamation by then Governor General Roméo LeBlanc. That former national day was part of the Celebrate Canada program, and in its present form most provinces do not recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day as a statutory holiday.