This Friday, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. There will be celebrations across the country during the week, as well as on Friday. It is an opportunity for us to enjoy the summer solstice (at last!) and celebrate Aboriginal peoples and their cultures at the same time.
The Manito Ahbee (a festival organization) in Winnipeg is partnering with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) to host a National Aboriginal Day Competition Pow Wow at the Forks on June 22. You can follow the action live online, courtesy of the APTN, at http://www.aboriginaldaylive.com/. Click on the link to read all about it.
Among the entertainers at the Pow Wow will be A Tribe Called Red. I love this song of theirs, called Look At This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBCoDAbh3yM. The song made for a great hip hop/pow wow performance during last year’s celebrations in Toronto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEpD3yQ3p_4
The City of Edmonton has provided a poster for some of the National Aboriginal Day local events. Click here: http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/documents/NAD2013EventsPoster.pdf
The event on Saturday at the Legislature Grounds is the one of the nicest to attend. The grounds are beautiful to walk and the Artisan Fair and the Community Cultural Exhibits Display, set up by 2 p.m., guarantee there is lots to see. The Grand Entry and Ceremonial Honouring starts at 5 p.m. and a there is a concert at 6 p.m. If you haven’t been before, I really encourage you to go.
Bent Arrow will be serving a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. on June 21 and following that up with face painting, traditional games, dancers and drummers and something that sounds untraditional but interesting: a “bouncy castle”! Details here: http://bentarrow.ca/?s=june+21+pancake+brea
Finally, St. Albert is hosting an Aboriginal Day Festival on June 23. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 12 noon. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/AboriginalDay.StAlbert
Come and join the fun!