National Aboriginal Day events in Manitoba, Canada. June 21 is National Aboriginal Day -- an occasion for all Canadians to come together and celebrate the rich contribution Aboriginal people have made to Canada. Here are a couple of big events happening in Manitoba:

The Forks (June 21 to 25)

The Forks is hosting many fun events on June 21 and throughout the following week in celebration. On Saturday, June 22, APTN is hosting Aboriginal Day Live -- a day-long celebration with a variety of family-friendly activities, followed by a free concert starting at 8:00 p.m. Some of the biggest names in Aboriginal music and television, including award winning and up-and-coming artists will take the stage.
"It being about National Aboriginal Day, we want this to be a day to celebrate who we are, but also invite non-Aboriginal people to come in and experience the culture and see where our artists are going. It's so much fun and there's so much to take in." Sky Bridges

Thompson (June 21)

Thompson is hosting an all-day event that begins with a sunrise ceremony at 5:30 a.m with many activities, crafts, a community BBQ, contests (jigging, log sawing, goose calling, moose calling, trap setting, etc.) to follow. Food booths include Bannock Burgers or Indian Tacos. The evening includes more entertainment, the Soaring Eagle Awards (recognizing outstanding Aboriginal people in the categories of Youth, Adult and Elder), retiring of the flags and fireworks.  All events are FREE. For a list of all the events happening around the province, visit Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.