Toronto/CMEDA: The annual Sunrise Ceremony to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day hosted by the City of Toronto was held today June 21, at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. at 5:30 am.
National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates the unique heritage, diversity and valued contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
Indigenous traditions and culture providean opportunity to come together to give thanks for all creation and Mino Baamodziwin (The Good Life).
Elder Garry Sault from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation led the ceremony, with the sacred fire managed by Fire Keeper Geoff Daybutch. The ceremony also featured teachings by Grandmother Kim Wheatley.
Toronto’s Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park) proclaimed National Indigenous Peoples Day
In her speech McKelvie said, ” It is a privilege to once again celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day this year and come together with members of the Indigenous community to participate in the Sunrise Ceremony. Today and throughout the month of June, we honour the histories and traditions of all Indigenous Peoples, their rich and distinct cultures and their beautiful languages. As we continue the important work towards advancing truth, justice and reconciliation, my hope is that this ceremony will inspire Torontonians to learn and reflect on the diversity, traditions and valuable contributions of Indigenous communities.”
The ceremony was followed by attendees joining in an Indigenous feast.
Sunrise ceremony also marks the longest day of the year, the summer solstice and a new season of life.