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National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2011

First Nation

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Students from three local schools took part in National Aboriginal Day

June 21st is the 'Solstice' (longest day of the year), the first day of summer and, in Canada, National Aboriginal Day.

Canada’s National Aboriginal Day gives people the chance to learn more about Aboriginal peoples and their contributions toward the country’s development and progress.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit people have the opportunity to showcase their cultures and achievements throughout Canada on this day as National Aboriginal Day events are held in every region across Canada. Many of the activities and events include ...

  • Summer solstice festivals.
  • Barbecue fundraisers.
  • Social networking gatherings with traditional and contemporary music, dance and singing.
  • Sacred fire extinguishing ceremonies.
  • Traditional feasts, which may include fry bread and moose stew.
  • The cutting of a cake to honor National Aboriginal Day.

National Aboriginal Day in Canada gives people of all walks of life the opportunity to celebrate and share knowledge about the Aboriginal peoples’ values, customs, languages, and culture.

Saugeen First Nation (SON) in Saugeen Shores, Bruce County celebrated with traditional drumming, dancing, storytelling and basket weaving and also with a barbeque and pony rides for children.

Storyteller and drummer Paul Nadjiwan of Cape Croker

Traditional drumming and singing featured guests from Cape Croker, including Paul Nadjiwan.  "It's good to see our two communities come together to celebrate our common interests and arts," said Nadjiwan.  "We are brothers and sisters and for our children to learn this, is a good thing."

Three generations of Saugeen ... Leticia Thompson holds her grandaughter, Eden Root, as her own daughter, Lacey Thompson looks on

Crafts expert and teacher, 'Midge', teaches basket weaving, dream-weaver art and the traditional Ojibway language

 

Traditional drumming and the 'Jingle Dance'


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