By Jenneth Hogan
National Aboriginal Day is a country-wide celebration of the contributions and cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples that occurs annually on June 21. This day gives people of all walks of life the opportunity to celebrate and share knowledge about the Aboriginal peoples’ values, customs, languages, and culture. As part of the celebration, here is a round-up of some of the activities happening around Saskatchewan.
Circle Project Association: National Aboriginal Day Community Celebration
Time: 2:30 to 8:30 pm
Venue: Grassick Playground
Address: 901 Garnet St, Regina, SK S4T 2X5
The day’s events include cultural teachings throughout the day, the national anthem sung in the Saulteaux language, a grand entry with First Nations Veterans and Elders, powwow dance demonstrations hosted by a local drum group, an interactive cultural activities tent, a sampling of some of the traditional food of the Plains Cree peoples, evening entertainment provided by local Aboriginal entertainers and a free BBQ.
National Aboriginal Day events at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Royal Saskatchewan Museum and Wascana Park
Address: 2445 Albert Street, Regina
Admission: by donation
June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. To celebrate there are many activities taking place in Wascana Park starting at 9:00 am, hosted by Regina NAD. Plus:
At the Royal Saskatchewan Museum
9:30 am – 5:00 pm Visit the First Nations Gallery
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Crafts and atlatl throwing
Hosted by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
1:00 pm and 2:00 pm Metis storytelling and jigging workshops in the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium
Everyone is welcome, no registration necessary.
SIMFC National Aboriginal Day Celebrations
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: Victoria Park
Address: Spadina Cres., Saskatoon
Sponsored by the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre will be hosting its annual National Aboriginal Day celebrations down in Victoria Park. This year their theme will be around reconciliation regarding Residential School survivors.
10:00 am – Grand Entry
10:30 am – Dignitaire speeches
12 pm – lunch of soup and bannock
12-4 pm – entertainment
“Through this event we will be able to provide cultural education and awareness about the diversity and uniqueness of the Aboriginal people in the city of Saskatoon. This event will also allow us to showcase our culture through traditional food, Aboriginal vendors and Aboriginal entertainers.”
Aboriginal Day Student Reception
Time: 8:30 to 9:30 am
Venue: Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre
Address: University of Saskatchewan
From 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, the U of S is hosting an informal reception. Join President Peter Stoicheff for your morning cup of coffee and some bannock while learning about why National Aboriginal day is so important to us all.
National Aboriginal Day at Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Address: RR 4, Penner Rd
A day full of activities for everyone! Stamp your story Robe Booklet at each of the 6 activity stations for your chance to win a Pendleton Blanket. Events include an Indigenous Garden, crafts and coloring, Air Pony, a scavenger hunt, hourly dance performances and artist demos.
Rock Your Roots: A Call to Action – Day for Reconciliation
Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Venue: Victoria Park
Address: 606 Spadina Cres. W, Saskatoon
The Office of the Treaty Commissioner has co-ordinated, with the help of thirty community organisations, activities throughout May and June to raise awareness about reconciliation. The month will near a close with the help of its largest event, Rock Your Roots: A Call to Action – Day for Reconciliation.
10:30 am – “Rock Your Roots” Walk for Reconciliation begins
12 pm – 3:00 pm – Community BBQ, learning activities in the Tipi Village.
Entertainment in the park organized by Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre. For more information please see their full calendar of events.