Friday, June 19, 2015

Many actives planned for Prince Rupert's National Aboriginal Day

Sunday marks National Aboriginal Day across the country, with a number of activities planned to celebrate First Nations culture and contribution to the national fabric, a celebration that for Prince Rupert is now entering its 17th year.

The annual event launches a week of celebrations for communities across the country, each putting their own stamp on the lead up to the observance of Canada Day on July 1st.

More background on the history of the event and how it has evolved over the last two decades can be found here.

This Sunday's Prince Rupert event is taking place at the Rotary Waterfront Park. Should the weather prove to be inclement, events will shift to the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre

Things get underway at Noon with the official Welcome and Greetings to the celebration.

The remainder of the day's festivities looks like this:

12:30 -- Git Kxeen Drummers - John Haldane

1:00 -- Student Drummers -- Marlene Clifton

1:30  -- Jaimee Aubee

1:55 -- Kianna St. Louis and Arian Spencer

2:00 -- Kwe Unglis Haida Nation Dancers -- Margaret Atkins

2:30 -- Steven Helin and group  -- students from CHSS

2:45 -- Honey Brown from Haida Gwaii

3:45 -- Gitmaxmaky'ay -- Marlena Joseph

4:15 -- Gregory Williams from Haida Gwaii

4:30 -- Nassville Five

5:30 -- NAD Com -- Thank You's and Blanket Dance 

5:45  -- Aja and  Jeff -- The Two of Us

6:15 -- Honey Brown from Haida Gwaii

7:45 -- Awarding of Door Prizes and final Thank You's for the day

Radio Station CFNR has an outline of some of the other activities taking place across Northwest BC, you can review the celebration in  your area here.

The station will have more information on events with updates through the weekend.

The Aboriginal People's Television Network has plans its own coverage of National Aboriginal Day events, focusing on celebrations in Edmonton and Winnipeg on Saturday night you can learn more about what is ahead here.

More on Sunday's events can be found on the community Facebook page for National Aboriginal Day.

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