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First Nations Day
June 17, 2011
THE WEATHER held up, though the sky and air looked heavy and ready to burst most of the day. Just over 150 people attended Fred Victor’s First Nations Day celebrations in Moss Park on June 17th.
Emcee Thunder Jack from Council Fire introduced a Native Elder who spoke to the crowd about gratitude to the earth for feeding us and providing everything we have and gratitude for our bodies, minds and spirits. Everyone listened intently as he spoke. It set a tone of respect for the feathered dancers, drummers, and singers that followed and the wonderful corn soup and Indian tacos that everyone enjoyed.
June is National Aboriginal History Month, a celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and a look at the roles they play in Canadian life. "Our goal this June is to continue to advance a greater understanding between First Nations and all Canadians," said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.
Thanks to Sistering for setting up a table of their crafts for sale and to Madison Community Services for generously contributing towards the purchase of juice and water. And a round of applause for the organizing committee and volunteers who made it an exuberant summer celebration on the edge of the June 21st Solstice.