Thursday is National Indigenous Peoples Day.
The day will begin bright and early at 5:00am with a sunrise ceremony, which will be followed later on with free hotdogs at lunch, the soaring eagle awards, as well as entertainment provided by Brendan Rhodes.
The official opening ceremonies will start at 1:00pm and will feature Wapanohk students singing “O Canada” in Cree, followed by remarks from dignitaries including Mayor Dennis Fenske and MP Niki Ashton.
All events for National Indigenous Peoples Day will be taking place at MacLean Park right beside City Hall.
Below is a full list of the scheduled events:
5:00am: Sunrise Ceremony
9:00am: Community Brunch (ongoing)
12:00pm: Free Hotdogs
1:00pm-3:00pm: Children’s Activities (ongoing)
1:00pm: Opening Ceremonies, Grand Entry
2:30pm: Pow-Wow Demonstrations
3:00pm: Shanley Spence (hoop dancer performance with a story of the hoop)
3:30pm: UCN Drummers/Singers
4:00pm: Soaring Eagle Awards
4:30pm: Honour Song (drum group)
5:00pm: Shanley Spence (fancy shawl performance)
5:30pm: Dene Drummers/Singers
6:00pm: Brendan Rhodes (entertainment)
7:00pm: Delaney Monias Band (entertainment)
Photo courtesy of Kyle Darbyson, Thompson Citizen