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National Aboriginal Day clashes with International Day of Yoga in Vancouver

June 21st is National Aboriginal Day, and it also coincides with the International Day of Yoga.

Last week, Premier Christy Clark announced Om the Bridge, a mass yoga celebration that will shut down Vancouver’s Burrard Street bridge for 7 hours.

Critics of the event say the focus should be on National Aboriginal Day instead, with some on social media calling for an aboriginal flashmob during the event.

John Rustad, Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation says despite the high profile Om the Bridge event, there are many Aboriginal Day events throughout the province.

National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996 and was first celebrated that year.

The United Nations proclaimed June 21st as The International Day of Yoga last December.

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2 comments

  1. https://m.facebook.com/events/1625963304305856?id=1626353500933503&ref=m_notif&notif_t=like&actorid=849620178

    We are having an event in Duncan. People in Victoria are talking about creating one. I encourage all indigenous people to gather near a bridge near them with their own Signs of protest or #ownthebridge not #omthebridge or #flashmobjune21 or #shunthebridge or #justiceforMMIW or #reconciliationNOW

  2. Why would they say National Aboriginal Day is Clashing with the International Day of Yoga —- National Aboriginal Day was established first.

    I don’t usually voice my opinion – I usually sit back and listen to both sides.

    However it is very clear that National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996 and was first celebrated that year.

    The United Nations proclaimed June 21st as The International Day of Yoga in December 2014.

    Why would they chose the same day?

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