NAFC hosting celebration honouring National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre is hosting a community celebration to honour the 26th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Taking place on June 21st at Heritage Village, National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day to learn more about the culture and heritage of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

“We’ve been anticipating this event tremendously as we see the value in bringing our community together to share the heritage and culture of our Indigenous peoples,” said NAFC Executive Director Stacy Gillingham.
“We’ve selected Heritage Village as our event location because history matters. Together, we can honour and celebrate why this day and National Indigenous History Month is important to our region and nation.”

The celebration starts at 4 P.M. with a cultural ceremony which includes a land acknowledgment by NAFC representative Georgina Sanderson and prayer by Fort McMurray Métis Leonard Hansen. The event will conclude with an Elder Blessing by Denesuline Elder Charles Nokoho singing and Denesuline Drummer Allen Tssessaze.

The family-friendly day will be filled with art activities including inviting guests to paint ‘what reconciliation means to them’, and the Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games will be hosting Indigenous games and trivia to play throughout the day with the event wrapping up at 6:30 P.M.

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