National Indigenous Peoples Day.
June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly known as National Aboriginal Day.
This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of first Nations, Inuit and Metis People.
The Canadian Constitution recognizes those three groups as Aboriginal People, also known as Indigenous People.
In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Burgeo Qailpu Culture committee along with Mayor Barbara Barter invited everyone to the town hall to celebrate the raising of the Mi’kmaq flag. A smudge ceremony was held, as well as songs were played on drums and in Qailpu language.
Burgeo Band members with Mayor Barbara Barter prepared to raise the Aboriginal flag on the Town Hall. Pictured are (front) Greg Janes, Elaine Ingram, Tracey Parsons, Kate Strickland, Perry Young, Barter; (back) Ron Green and Gary Warren.
Greg Janes does the smudging with Christina Strickland.
Perry Young playing “The Honor Song”.