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Ontario Chamber of Commerce Recognizes National Aboriginal Day

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) would like to take the time to recognize National Aboriginal Day, celebrated annually on June 21.

As a province, we need to embrace a collective ambition that has our Aboriginal peoples fully engaged in Ontario – and Canada’s – economic and social development.

The OCC has developed Emerging Stronger: A Transformative Agenda for Ontario, which highlights an important role for Aboriginal community partners in developing a 21st century workforce and championing our competitive advantages, including, but not limited to, key sectors such as mining and resource development in Northern Ontario.

The Aboriginal community is also an active participant in our annual Ontario Economic Summit, taking place this year from November 6-8, 2012.

National Aboriginal Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc.

To commemorate the day, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting a special breakfast presentation with Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Co-founder and President of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada.

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