Fort St. John prepares for National Aboriginal Day

BCITV
06/22/2018

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Tomorrow at the Northern Lights College campus in Fort St John, local indigenous organizations will come together for Aboriginal Day.

Since 1996, Canada has recognized Aboriginal Day on June 21st, celebrating the culture and achievements of Indigenous peoples.

The event will be packed with traditional games, storytelling, a talent show, and a public lunch and dinner.

Organizers say there will be a returning activity that is special and unique to the Peace Region.

“One of the really exciting things is there’s going to be an organized tours out to Tse’K’Wa Caves out by Charlie Lake, and that’s a site that’s over a thousand years old and we’re fortunate enough to have a couple of Tse’K’Wa elders who are going to be sharing stories and leading groups around,” said Sage Birley, Aboriginal Support Worker at North Peace Secondary.

Organizers say they enjoy a lot of support from the community and an event like this is important.

“I think that the biggest thing is we’re on Dane-zaa territory within Treaty 8, and I think it’s really important that we come together as communities to celebrate what that means. Also, Fort St John is a transient community, so we have aboriginal peoples from across the country that make Fort St John their home and I think it’s really important that we come together and we celebrate as a community, the diversity of our community, and what makes us really unique and special,” said Birley.

Games will kick off at 10 am, and the ceremony will begin at 1:00.

The City of Fort St John and BC Transit will be offering free transit all day to encourage the community to participate in Aboriginal Day events.

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