Today marks the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day in Canada. It was created in 1996 to honour Indigenous culture and contributions.
Here in Grande Prairie, a celebration is being held Saturday at Muskoseepi Park. Hosted by Native Counselling Services of Alberta and other community agencies, the day will be filled with dancing, drumming and recognition of outstanding community members. Seven people will be recognized with Seven Sacred Teachings Awards, while graduating students will also be recognized.
The event kicks off with a grand entry at 1 p.m. and will run all the way until 6. It is open to everyone with children’s activities, vendors and other entertainment to enjoy.
Meanwhile, youth across the Peace region will be celebrating in their own. A learning fair is being held this afternoon at Teepee Creek School, with presentations prepared by students. At Hythe Regional School, they’ll be enjoying bannock on a stick, hand games, story telling and jigging, all wrapped up with a round dance.