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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with us today!

The Governor General of Canada proclaimed the first National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 1996. Every year, this celebration offers us a unique opportunity to learn about the rich, diverse heritage of Aboriginal peoples across our country, and celebrate the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people and all of their contributions to Canadian culture.

Not only does Canada have a history full of beautiful cultures, we are also lucky enough to have a rich and diverse natural environment across the entire country.  The Aboriginal way of life  celebrates nature and understand the deep connection we have with the environment we live in.

One of our Green Heroes, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, is a Sliammon First Nation and says this about her culture, “In my culture it’s a fact, and an understanding of life, that everything is connected, and we were put on this earth to be stewards and caretakers of the environment.”

Ta’Kaiya is only 12 years old, but has become an advocate for marine and coastal wildlife and spreads awareness through singing.  Her first song, “Shallow Waters,” was inspired by the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline and Ta’Kaiya’s desire to prevent future oil spills.

Share in the Celebration!

Here are just a few of the events taking place across the country:

For a full list of events in each Province, click here 

Watch Ta’Kaiy Blaney save marine and coastal wildlife with her voice on the new Green Heroes episode, “Back to Nature,” airing on TVO this Tuesday, June 25th, at 7:30pm.

 

Just like our Green Hero Vandana Shiva, we all want to do our part and eat as local as possible. When you are eating at a restaurant and want to try your best to support locally grown food, try checking off the following list to keep your food within Ontario:

1. Check the menu to see if there is an Ontario-grown symbol beside some menu items or if the farms are listed beside different items

2. Ask the server where certain products are from, such as the meat or vegetables

3. Check for any specials that are local, which is a new trend in many restaurants these days

4. Some restaurants may also list that their food is Certified Local Sustainable: http://www.localfoodplus.ca/

5. Search the Savor Ontario site for a listing of restaurants serving locally grown food: http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/savour/en/index.html 

Happy eating, from your Green Heroes™ team!


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Mark Mattson has used his background in criminal law to successfully run Lake Ontario Waterkeepers beginning in 2001. Their goal is to promote “Swim-able, Drinkable and Fishable Water”. Since then, he has gained a reputation as a dedicated environmental warrior who aims to bring meaning and force to environmental laws everywhere.

By making use of his legal skills and background, Mark has brought much needed attention to Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, has represented the public in both a Provincial and Federal capacity and appeared on behalf of clients before the International Water Tribunal in Amsterdam. Mark is also the proud founder of the volunteer-based Environmental Bureau of Investigation, dedicated to identifying and prosecuting environmental offenders.

He is a great example of how any skill set, coupled with the right amount of passion and dedication, can be used to help the environment and make a real difference. Mark works in conjunction with others who use their skills to raise environmental awareness and provoke action. He has worked with some of our own GreenHero eco-artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer and Gord Downie. Mark has also worked with hit-maker Broken Social Scene along with many more well-known names through Waterkeeper’s Swim, Drink, Fish Music project.

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