SON celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Saugeen First Nation celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day June 21st with a celebration that included all ages.

              Chief Lester Anoquot welcomed  everyone
                               Recognition of those helping the community in health and education

With drumming and song, the celebration also began with the traditional prayers and pipe smoking in addition to recognizing those who are helping the community in the areas of health and education.

(L) Adrienne Mason and Stephanie Crilly of Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

 

Among the participants was the Bruce Count Museum and Cultural Centre (BCM&CC), where the newly renovated Anishnaabe gallery features the history of the First Nations people that was designed in collaboration with the Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded Nation.

 

 

 

Also among those who attended were UNIFOR members from Manitoba and British Columbia.  Bernadette Smith, MLA from Manitoba, said that the issue of missing and murdered Indigneous women is not just an Indigenous issue.  “Everyone should not be a bystander but call people out on their behavior,” she said.  “We have to treat everyone as humans and with respect.”

(L) SON Lori Kewaquom, Karen Kowalchuk, Bernadette Smith, Gina Smoke                                                                         and Leanne Marsh

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