What: National Aboriginal Day
When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Location: Jasper Information Centre
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
While National Aboriginal Day is being celebrated across the country officially on June 21st, join us this weekend to catch the spirit of the 20th anniversary a little early!
On Saturday, June 18th come and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada in Jasper National Park.
In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the federal government chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
Parks Canada works with more than 300 Indigenous communities across Canada in conserving, restoring and presenting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. Each year, one of the members of Jasper National Park’s Indigenous forum hosts Aboriginal Day festivities at the Information Centre.
The Simpcw First Nation will be sharing some of this as part of a full day of activities at the Jasper Information Centre on Saturday, June 18th. As this year’s host, Simpcw First Nation, people of the North Thompson River, will energize the festival with a pow-wow event featuring dancers, singers, storytellers and other performers.
Things get underway this Saturday with a Grand Entry at 10 AM followed by the Secwepemc Welcome song. Hand drummers will take centre stage followed by the intertribal portion of the festivities – where everyone can dance! Simpcw hand drummers and dancers will appear again before the flags are retired for the day at 4 PM.
Parks Canada is committed to developing a system of national heritage places that recognizes the role of Indigenous People in Canada’s culture and in the traditional use of these special places and Jasper National Park looks forward to welcoming all visitors as they discover more about the Simpcw First Nation culture and history.
We hope to see you at this year’s festivities!
For more information on National Aboriginal Day click here.