Canada Celebrates 10th Anniversary – Aboriginal Day Live

A young Miss Manito Abhee Sage Speidel, 14, from the Lakota nation, wears traditional clothing at an event celebrating National Aboriginal Day in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tuesday, June 21, 2011. More than 1 million Canadians are of Aboriginal origin, and the nation has more than 600 recognized First Nations governments. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in Canada celebrated National Aboriginal Day Live at the historical site The Forks downtown Winnipeg on June 25, 2016. 

AFN Chief - Aboriginal Day Live

Events were planned all through out the day from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm.   There was rows of vendors that sold Indigenous Craft and Food Vendors, a side stage where performers sang, jigged and played fiddle music to throat singing.  The crowd was entertained all day long.  A skate board competition was held, and the Manitoahbee Festival hosted a competition pow-wow.  

Buffy Sainte Marie

 The Assembly of National Chiefs Perry Bellegarde was in attendance to address the crowd and the Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart MC’d the pow-wow.  The highlight of the event was the live stage performances by award winning musicians –  Christi Lane Sinclair, Elisapie, Genevieve Fisher, Ghostkeeper, Dragonette, Joey Stylez, A Tribe Called Red, and the evening ended off with Polaris Prize winner and Juno Winner Buffy St Marie who was accompanied by the world class Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  The hosts for the evening where Actor Kyle Nobess and Actress/Producer Tina Keeper. 

Aboriginal Day in Canada in on June 21st a celebration of Canada’s Indigenous people’s heritage.

Featured photo courtesy of the AP.

About Rhonda Head

Rhonda is from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Rhonda is a Mezzo-Soprano Singer and has received 11 music nominations for the CDs that she has released to date.

Rhonda was communication officer for her reserve for 5 years and Editor for the local paper Natotawin. Rhonda enjoys interviewing the people who are involved in the pow-wow community and the music scene.

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