June 21st is National Aboriginal Day, it’s meant to serve as a day for all Canadians to celebrate First Nation, Inuit and Métis people’s heritage and culture.
Why June 21st?
According to the Government of Canada, the summer solstice was picked as National Aboriginal Day because ‘for generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.’
What’s happening locally to celebrate?
The Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre is hosting ‘an enjoyable cultural experience’ on June 21st from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Schurter Park (bring your own lawn chairs).
There will be traditional dancers, traditional games, and a mini round dance.
There will also be traditional food, such as fish fry, smoked fish, bannock and rice prepared for attendees.
For more information on the 2017 National Aboriginal Day activities call 780-849-3039 or visit the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Slave-Lake-Native-Friendship-Centre.
Keenan Wells performing a traditional warrior dance at the 2016 National Aboriginal Day event at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre.
Stan Isadore showcased a men’s traditional fancy dance at last year’s National Aboriginal Day celebration.