In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21st for National Aboriginal Day because it is also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For generations, many Aboriginal peoples have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day. The Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Government Celebrations in Kangding, Kardze, Tibet 2010 | A Khampa Tibetan girl in a traditional ceremonial costume from Palyul county. She wears the traditional women's headdress in Palyul with many strands of turqoise, and a gold necklace across her forehead, nine necklaces of coral and contemporary dzi, and coral and dzi beads set gold rings on six fingers. The costume and ornaments are probably the belongings of her family, and contain much of the family's wealth and savings.