Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to learn more about the province’s aboriginal culture on National Aboriginal Day, Tuesday, June 21. To celebrate, First Nations communities will hold workshops on traditional teaching, drumming, dancing and crafts. Some communities have organized sports events, storytelling sessions, powwows and presentations on aboriginal history. Michael Baker, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, encourages all Nova Scotians to take part in the activities. “The Mi’kmaq founded Nova Scotia thousands of years ago and contribute to our province economically, socially and culturally,” said Mr. Baker. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to attend some of the many events planned for National Aboriginal Day.” National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by former governor general Romeo LeBlanc and is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, this is the day many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. For a list of National Aboriginal Day events in Nova Scotia, visit the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada website at www.inac.gc.ca .