Bur­geo cel­e­brates

Na­tional In­dige­nous Peo­ples Day.

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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.

NORM STRICK­LAND PHO­TOS/ SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

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”.

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