AFN National Chief Welcomes June 21 Name Change

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde stated support for the new name for June 21; National Indigenous Peoples Day which is consistent with international usage. Previously, June 21 was known as, National Aboriginal Day since 1996. Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River NDP MP Georgina Jolibois tabled a private member’s bill on June 15 that would make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday across the country.