Sunday, June 21, 2015

National Aboriginal Day 2015

National Aboriginal Day 2015
Aboriginal artwork display

June 21st is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. It was created in 1996 as a way to celebrate “the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada”. [1]

This afternoon, my Mom, my husband, and I went to a BBQ organized for National Aboriginal Day. It took place at Telte-Yet Campground that overlooks the Fraser River in town (Hope, British Columbia).

Jacqueline Belair and Yvonne Demoskoff
Mom and I

We had delicious salmon served with rice and (fried) bannock. Snack foods, like fresh fruit and baked bannock with jam, were complimentary, while assorted pies and muffins were available for sale.

I didn’t get the name of the artist, but a young Aboriginal woman gave lessons in making roses from cedar bark.

National Aboriginal Day 2015
Aboriginal artist

It was (and still is) a beautiful, sunny day for the event, but even though it was 29C outside, the campground’s splendid cedar trees provided plenty of shade.

View of campground

Sources:

1. “National Aboriginal Day”, database, Government of Canada (https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249 : accessed 21 June 2015).

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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