Baker twins to host Na­tional In­dige­nous Peo­ple’s Day cel­e­bra­tions

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The Baker twins are com­ing home for a spe­cial event at Lhei­dli T’en­neh Me­mo­rial Park.

These fash­ion and film stars are from the Stel­lat’an First Na­tion at Fraser Lake, and were born in Prince Ge­orge. They are the spe­cial guest em­cees for the Na­tional In­dige­nous Peo­ples Day Cel­e­bra­tions at the park on June 21.

They will also be part of the Heat­wave-Cel­e­brate Cul­tures Fes­ti­val at Canada Games Plaza on June 22. The two events are linked.

“We also have Cree chain­saw carver Randy Gau­thier from Moberly Lake and Salt­wa­ter Hank join­ing us all the way from his new home in Haida Gwaii,” said Kym Gouchie, or­ga­nizer of the event.

“Also join­ing us on June 21 at the LTN Me­mo­rial Park will be Doris Munger and the Old Fort Tra­di­tional Dancers, the Khast’an Drum­mers, Thun­der­ing Ea­gles, Tazzy Fraser, The North­ern Out­laws, Ivan Pa­que­tte, The Ve­gabonds and many other tal­ented In­dige­nous per­form­ers.”

The Heat­wave com­po­nent of the three-day mu­sic and cul­ture fes­ti­val will have two of B.C.’s most ac­claimed First Na­tions per­form­ers com­ing in for con­cert ap­pear­ances: Ge­orge Leach and Laura Griz­zly­paws fresh off her re­cent win at the 2019 In­dige­nous Mu­sic Awards.

Pre­sid­ing over the fes­tiv­i­ties are in­ter­na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal su­per­star sis­ters that Gouchie is ex­cited to see back on stage in their home re­gion.

“Shan­non and Shauna are iden­ti­cal twins from the Stel­lat’an First Na­tion,” she said.

“They cur­rently live in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia and are ex­cited to be able to have this op­por­tu­nity to come home and cel­e­brate with us. They are ac­tresses, mod­els and fit­ness en­thu­si­asts. We are so ex­cited to have them join us.”

Gouchie listed a num­ber of ad­di­tional cul­tural fea­tures at Na­tional In­dige­nous Peo­ples Day in the park like food ven­dors, ar­ti­sans, in­for­ma­tion booths, on-site carv­ing, a teepee, a cot­ton­wood ca­noe dis­play, chil­drens ac­tiv­i­ties and games, an el­ders’ tent, and more. Not all of these fea­tures are specif­i­cally de­rived from Lhei­dli T’en­neh his­tory, but as has been the case for mil­len­nia, this is a con­nec­tion com­mu­nity where other cul­tures are wel­comed and their own cus­toms hon­oured.

To pass this an­cient knowl­edge and fun on­wards, work­shops will be held at an on-site pavil­ion.

They in­clude medic­i­nal plants and medicines with Crys­tal Kennedy, drum­ming and singing with the Khast’an Drum­mers, Dakelh lan­guage and sto­ries with Edie Frederick, and bead­ing with Lynette La Fon­taine.


Jen­nifer Pighin and the Khast’an Drum­mers per­form in Lhei­dli T’en­neh Me­mo­rial Park in 2017.

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