Originally published: June 21, 2017
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, issued the following statement today:
As the longest day of the year, the summer solstice has long held special meaning for Indigenous peoples. On this day, we mark and celebrate the valuable contributions of Indigenous Peoples to Canadian society and recognize the richness and diversity of their First Nation, Inuit and Métis cultures and heritage.
As the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, I am proud to lead a department and employees across the country that are committed to working with Indigenous partners in a spirit of respect and reconciliation, and as joint stewards of the environment.