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NEWS RELEASE · 21st June 2010
Office of the Premier
Premier Gordon Campbell made the following statement on National Aboriginal Day:

"Today we recognize the exceptional culture and the contributions made by Aboriginal people across British Columbia and Canada.

"Just a few months ago, the Four Host First Nations - Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh - co hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the first time that has happened in the history of the Olympic Games. Together, we welcomed spectators, athletes and their families to their traditional lands, and the world gained a new appreciation of the history and culture of First Nations in B.C.

"More recently we restored the name Haida Gwaii to land previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. We continue to build on a New Relationship that has seen more treaties signed in our province than any other time in history.

"We still have much work ahead of us to close the social and economic gaps for First Nations. To ensure all children have the same educational and economic opportunities, we must continue to build partnerships and work together.

"Today, we celebrate the progress we have made together, and re-commit ourselves to improving the lives of Aboriginal people across Canada.