Celebrate National Aboriginal Day. Events are happening around the province. (Scott Benesiinaabandan)
Summer is finally here, officially.
National Aboriginal Day coincides with the summer solstice and that's no accident.
June 21, 1996 was proclaimed as the first National Aboriginal Day to acknowledge the achievements and celebrate the culture of the First Peoples of Canada.
The longest day of the year was chosen because many Aboriginal groups have traditionally celebrated their culture at this time of year.
In the last 16 years, it has grown into celebrations around the country -- in cities, towns, and reserves. And Manitoba is no exception.
Here is a run-down of what's happening around the province the rest of this week to celebrate Aboriginal Peoples. And the best part is almost all of it is free!
Solidarity Day Powwow
Odena Circle at The Forks, Winnipeg
1 pm & 7 pm Grand Entry
2nd Annual National Aboriginal Day Celebration
hosted by The North End Community Helpers Network
Powers Street and Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg
Featuring: Sierra Noble, JC Campbell & Tracy Bone, Norman Chief Memorial Dancers & JJ Lavallee Band, Foreign Objekts, Burnt Project 1
Manitoba Métis Federation's Aboriginal Day Festivities
Selkirk Park, Selkirk
Featuring: Dan Scranstad & Band, Brenton Thorvaldson Band & Students, Joe Smith, Metis Club Traditional Dancers, Mark Morrisseau Band, Marilyn Bedard and Band, Mike Lauze, Glenn Hewgil
Aboriginal Day in Flin Flon
Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre
Featuring: Don Amero, Kimberley Dawn, Ron Burwash, Whispering Loons Drum Group, Nemihitowok Hoop Dancers, Dauphin Friendship Centre's Pow Wow Dancers, Square Dancers and Fiddlers
Aboriginal country music musician Crystal Shawanda
Main Stage - Red River Exhibition Park
Paid admission to the Red River Ex
St. Germain and the Aboriginal Express
w/ the Norman Chief Memoiral Square Dancers, Walking Wolf Pow Wow Dancers and the DJ St. Germain Band
McPhillips Street Station Casino, Winnipeg
Fiddle-O-Rama: Best Fiddler in Manitoba Search
LA Roadhouse, outdoor event, Winnipeg
3 pm All ages
Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration
Scotia Bank Stage at The Forks
11 a.m. celebration
8 p.m. concert featuring: Kashtin, Indian City, Christa Couture, Inez Jasper, Joey Stylez, Beatrice Deer and Adam James.
Lorenzo, DJ Tik, Sagkeeng's Finest
First Nations Bank Stage at APTN's Aboriginal Day Live