National Aboriginal Day: Hot Topic for June 21

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Canada’s National Aboriginal Day

Canada’s National Aboriginal Day is annually held on June 21 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the nation’s Aboriginal peoples. In 1996, Canada’s Governor General proclaimed the first National Aboriginal Day. In co-operation with Aboriginal organizations, the Canadian government chose June 21 for National Aboriginal Day to coincide with the June solstice. National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.


Frances Abele
Professor, Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration, academic director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, fellow of the Centre for Governance and Public Management, and research fellow at the Institute for Research on Public Policy.  Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 2553, Email:

Abele has been seconded to the research directorate at the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, where she was responsible for research and policy on the North and some of the Commission’s work on governance.

She has worked with indigenous peoples all over Canada and in some parts of the circumpolar Arctic. Her research has focused on northern economic and political development, Aboriginal self-government, policy and programs important to Aboriginal people living in cities, policy and program evaluation, qualitative research and citizen engagement. She is currently a member of the editorial boards of three academic journals: Arctic, Aboriginal Policy Studies and Canadian Public Administration. She is an adjunct professor in the doctoral program in Native Studies at Trent University.


Allan M. Maslove

School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 1285, Cell: 613-866-1475, Email:

Malove’s expertise in Aboriginal issues focuses on financial arrangements and economic development.  He has done research on the changing patterns of intergovernmental fiscal relations in Canada. He has taught microeconomics, public budgeting, benefit-cost analysis, urban policy, health policy, and a course on the Canadian economy.


Robert Shepard

Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 2257, Email:

Robert has taught public management courses in areas of public sector management reform, ethics and public governance, federalism and public management, and policy and program evaluation.


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