What's on for Aboriginal Day in N.W.T., Nunavut and Yukon
Saturday is National Aboriginal Day, and that means free fish in Yellowknife, a square dance in Iqaluit, and stew and bannock in Whitehorse, among other events.
Saturday is National Aboriginal Day and here are a few of the events happening around the territories:
- In Yellowknife, the North Slave Metis Alliance holds its Aboriginal Day free fish fry from noon to 5 p.m. at Somba K'e civic plaza with music, artists and a teepee building contest.
- The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is holding a celebration at the Yellowknife River site from 4 to 10 p.m. which will begin with a Giant Mine healing ceremony, followed by a fish fry and drum dance.
- The Ulukhaktok Community Corporation is holding a community barbecue and will also be serving traditional foods such as duck, geese, Arctic char, reindeer and seal meat.
- Aklavik is also holding a community barbecue. "Being one of the few communities that has two totally different cultures, the Inuvaluit and the Gwich'in, it's a good day to represent or celebrate their heritage and cultures and get everyone together to have a good time," says organizer Fred Behrens.
- Aboriginal Day is a statutory holiday in N.W.T., so many stores and offices will be shut on Monday
- Iqaluit's Summer Solstice Run starts at 11:30 a.m. from Nakasuk school.
- A Family Fun Day fundraiser starts at noon at Iqaluit's Arctic Winter Games arena.
- Alianait is putting on a square dance at Nakasuk school at 7 p.m. David Serkoak and a group of children will begin the evening with drum dancing. "We'll have a square dance performance led by Lasaluusie and Danny Ishulutak from Pangnirtung and then we'll open it up to a jigging contest . . . then we'll open up the floor for the community to do a square dance," says Kathleen Merritt, the co-ordinator with the Alianait Arts Festival.
- This year, Aboriginal Day celebrations in Whitehorse are being held at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre from noon to 5 p.m. The event begins with a water ceremony, followed by music, storytelling, dancing, a craft fair, as well as stew and bannock.
- There are also Aboriginal Day celebrations being held in Dawson City at the TrondekHwechin Cultural Centre.