Author: Rae Hathaway
National Aboriginal Day is being celebrated across the country today. 

It coincides with the summer solstice, which Portage Friendship Centre Executive Director Garda Sinclair-Moran calls significant. It's when First Nations people would gather for inter-tribal activity.

She adds it's a day that focuses on non-aboriginals as well, as a way of dispelling misconceptions and highlighting the culture.

Sinclair-Moran notes it took several years for National Aboriginal Day to become established. 

She says it's important to maintain the culture among young people, who were beginning to lose it.