KEEP­ING CUL­TURE ALIVE

Cel­e­brat­ing Indige­nous her­itage and tra­di­tions

More of Our Canada - - Our Travels - By Christina Dutkowski, De­roche, B. C.

Itook this photograph of Josette Jim (right) danc­ing along­side her grand­daugh­ter, Ar­i­ana, this past June dur­ing the Abo­rig­i­nal Day fes­tiv­i­ties that took place at Fraser River Her­itage Park in Mis­sion, B.C. In co­op­er­a­tion with na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples or­ga­ni­za­tions, the govern­ment of Canada of­fi­cially des­ig­nated June 21 as Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Day in 2017. This date was cho­sen be­cause it cor­re­sponds to the sum­mer sol­stice—the long­est day of the year—and be­cause many Indige­nous Peo­ples have cel­e­brated the sol­stice, as well as their her­itage and cul­ture, at this time of year for gen­er­a­tions. The hol­i­day is typ­i­cally marked by fes­ti­vals, tra­di­tional dances, singing and pow­wows. n

Did You Know... The First Na­tions, Inuit and Métis Peo­ples of Canada are col­lec­tively rec­og­nized in the Cana­dian con­sti­tu­tion as our na­tion’s Indige­nous Peo­ples. Al­though sim­i­lar in some ways, each of the three have their own dis­tinct her­itage, lan­guage, cul­tural prac­tices and spir­i­tual be­liefs.

Are you an Indige­nous per­son with a story to tell or a tal­ent to share? We'd love to hear from you at www.our­canada.ca.

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