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


1. “National Aboriginal Day”, database, Government of Canada ( : accessed 21 June 2015).

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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