FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was issued today by Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs:

It is my pleasure to join with all New Brunswickers in marking National Aboriginal Day on June 21 in celebration of the heritage, culture and contribution of aboriginal peoples across Canada.

This special day also symbolizes the historic relationship between the Crown and aboriginal peoples which led to the building of our great country.

In this 150th anniversary year for Canada, we can be especially proud of this important partnership, forged long before the time of Confederation, recognizing peace and friendship between both levels of government for all peoples.

Our province is truly fortunate to have the presence of our Maliseet and Mi’kmaq communities whose unique histories, traditions and beliefs continue to enrich our culture and contribute to our diversity and quality of life.

As part of National Aboriginal Day, the many contributions of our First Nations will be recognized with flag-raising ceremonies at the legislative assembly.

The 2017 theme of resilience is important to our First Nations people and should be respected by all New Brunswickers.