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Blog: Thursday, June 27th, 2019

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The summer solstice, National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, was a time to celebrate the beauty, cultural richness, innovation and accomplishments of Indigenous People in Canada. Over 1500 guests attended Mill Lake Park. Guests had the opportunity to watch a live performance of How Raven Stole the Sun by Dallas Yellowfly from 3 Crows Productions on the City of Abbotsford’s mobile main stage. They also enjoyed a piece of bannock and jam prepared by Gayle Ned from Sumas First Nation. Students could visit 22 different booths provided by the Abbotsford School District and community partners. They could weave a string on a large Salish loom to contribute to a special piece celebrating the day. They could learn to jig with Miss Marion from the Fraser Valley Métis Association. They beaded bracelets with pony beads, learned about and identified different traditional items of clothing from First Nation, Métis and Inuit people, played Halq’eméylem and Michif language games and learned about Sumas Lake and a life-sized sturgeon puppet created by The Reach, plus much more!

A special thank you to the staff from the Aboriginal Department, 33 volunteers from RBC and our community partners: Fraser Valley Métis Association, The Reach, Matsqui First Nation, Sumas First Nation, The Learning Services Team from Abby Schools, The City of Abbotsford, Abbotsford Police and Abby Fire Services, Archway Diversity Education and Raising Up a Family, Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health, The Clearbrook Regional Library, Abbotsford Mission Recycling, Abbotsford Literacy Matters, Heritage Abbotsford Society, and Xyolhemeylh Child and Family Services. What a great day of learning and celebration!

DARLENE MACDONALD
District Principal, Aboriginal Education