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Alberta Culture Days to be celebrated around Grande Prairie

The celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday continues with a variety of events around Grande Prairie Friday to Sunday. The three-day Alberta Culture Days festival aims to encourage a celebration of arts, culture and heritage around the province.

Around Grande Prairie, official host sites include the Montrose Cultural Centre, the Art Gallery, Grande Prairie Museum and others. A new feature this year will be the Community Trade Fair at Revolution Place, which will provide information on resources and services available in Grande Prairie. Other events include live art performances, artisan markets and interactive activities.

Alberta Culture Days guidebooks can be picked up at the Centre for Creative Arts and can be used for free transit access all weekend. A full list of events can be found online.

Orange Shirt Day

For the second year now, Orange Shirt day will be held in Grande Prairie, and this year it is part of Alberta Culture Days. The event got started by B.C. Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation elder Phyllis Webstad, who remembers having her orange shirt taken away as a child at a residential school. The goal of the annual day is to educate people on all aspects of residential schools and keep the conversation about their impact alive.

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Residents are encouraged to attend an Orange Shirt Day event Saturday at the Montrose Cultural Centre. Cultural teaching and sharing is a key part of the event, and various sessions will be held on education, reconciliation and healing. There will also be activities for children like crafts and bannock making.

The free event takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mamawe Concourse outside of the Montrose Cultural Centre. Everything will begin with a prayer and smudge ceremony performed by an elder and will be followed with dancers and a prayer song.

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