a celebration

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June 21stis known as National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada. It’s a time for the indigenous people to acknowledge the many achievements, share knowledge of the language, culture and traditions, and to celebrate our resilience.

National Indigenous Day is widely celebrated across the Northwest Territories; it’s an opportunity for the communities to come together, showcase our unique culture and partake in traditional events throughout the day.

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I grew up spending most of my Indigenous People’s Day (or known as Aboriginal Day back then) in Fort Providence running wild around the arbor as the adults prepared themselves to compete in traditional events. It was a fun filled day, usually filled with sunshine, smiles and many bugs. Everyone was (and still is) welcome to attend the events and they usually consisted of a fire feeding ceremony, drum dances, fish derby, fiddling, jigging, tea boiling contest, and the list goes on.

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