Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay's National Aboriginal Day ceremonies to honour men

National Aboriginal Day in Thunder Bay will hold special significance this year after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report, organizers say.

Events provide opportunity for 'talking together in a more lighthearted, kinder, gentler way'

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National Aboriginal Day in Thunder Bay will hold special significance this year after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report, organizers say.

With the commission wrapping up its work, there's a real need to continue to educate about First Nations culture, event organizer Joyce Hunter said.

"There's a lot of misinformation and disinformation about indigenous people and I'd really like to see more people coming out and getting to know community members," she said.

"I'd really like to see people coming together and walking together in a more lighthearted, kinder, gentler way," Hunter added.

As this year's ceremonies fall on Father's Day, they'll be honouring men and recognizing First Nations elders and men.

"There are good, amazing mentors walking among us doing really great things," Hunter said.

National Aboriginal Day celebrations take place at the powwow grounds on the mountain at Fort William First Nation.

The Truth and Reconciliation commission talked about improving education, Hunter said, and the event can help foster information sharing.

Here are the events lined up for the weekend: