Aboriginal Day…A family Venture

Pipestone Flyer

 

Jubilee Park in Wetaskiwin and Maskwacis Bear Park in Hobbema were abound with activities on June 21st, 2012. It was the annual celebration of National Aboriginal Day (NAD). This day is a time for all Canadians to recognize the unique heritage, the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  It is also a time when the aboriginal community gathers together for a family outing.

In the late 1870’s dwindling buffalo herds and the arrival of white settlers to the area forced the natives to retire to a reserve at Hobbema and to co-inhabit the region with the white settlers. This region has undergone significant changes during those 125 years but what hasn’t changed is we are neighbours and Aboriginal Day is an opportunity to embrace that relationship.  

 

On June 21st,  celebrations in Wetaskiwin and Hobbema brought the communities together to learn about the Aboriginal culture and have fun together. It was a celebration of Aboriginal culture and traditions. It was a day that enabled both the aboriginal people and guests the enjoyment provided by the First Nations Dancers, Metis dancers and music, First Nations Drummers, Teepee raising and teaching and displays providing information about programs and services available to the aboriginal people and the guests.

Tanja Baker, Community Engagement Specialist, Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority explained the importance of hosting such a day in Wetaskiwin. “The Aboriginal culture is part of the social fabric of the Wetaskiwin community. Wetaskiwin was founded and named by the Cree people of Hobbema (Maskwacis). Our celebration is attempting to honor the Aboriginal groups of Canada, i.e. First Nations, Métis, Inuit. Our celebration is also a partnership with community agencies. By their participation we are able to educate community members about how an agency can help, should they be seeking assistance of some sort. Most importantly, this event exposes others to the Aboriginal culture and provides a learning opportunity for all participants.”

 

At the Niwihcihaw Acceptance Ltd. Aboriginal Day celebration at Maskwacis Bear Park in Hobbema, it was a ‘family day’.  Partakers ranging in age from elderly to babies shared activities such as wagon rides, assembling of 4 TeePees, children’s activities and the PowWow grand entry. Of particular interest, was the booth where the ‘treaty pay clerk’, Matthew Yu, supervised by RCMP officer Perry Cardinal, handed out $5 treaty payments to the eligible aboriginal recipients. 

 

In Wetaskiwin, “The National Aboriginal Day Event is put on by approximately 30 organizations that provide services and programs in the community of Wetaskiwin”, explained Tanja.  “The Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority is the sponsor of the event although the contributions of many organizations make the event possible.” Greetings were brought by the Honorable Verlyn Olson, Elder Gordon Lee, Mayor of Wetaskiwin, Bill Elliot and Central Alberta CFSA Co-chair Lori McCrea. A written statement from Member of Parliament, Blaine Calkins was read.

 

Congratulations to our Aboriginal neighbors for sharing such an important day and  showcasing their culture and skills for the guests.

For more information about Central Alberta CFSA and their commitment to Aboriginal children, youth and families contact Tanja Baker, Community Engagement Specialist, Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority at 403 755-1425.

 

Just Posted

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate indecent act at By The Lake Park

Complaint said man exposed himself in Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate attempted armed robbery

Police seek information about alleged attack and identify suspect

Liquor store robbed in Wetaskiwin

Two suspects robbed Gentleman’s, assaulted staff member

2019 City of Wetaskiwin by-election will be held Sept. 11

Proof of identification needed to vote for two vacant council positions

Leduc RCMP arrest Leduc male for trafficking heroin

Warren Frederick Young, 43, also facing four counts of breaching a recognizance

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Scrapie, a disease related to mad cow, found in two flocks of sheep in Alberta

Health Canada says there is no known link between scrapie and human health

Alberta oil and gas producer cleanup cost estimates set too low, says coalition

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. facing the largest bill at $11.9 billion to clean up 73,000 wells

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing ‘like’ counts to more countries

Social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland

Natural gas producers demand government action in open letter to Kenney

The letter warns that the viability of the natural gas sector is in jeopardy

Remains of missing Edmonton woman discovered outside of North Battleford: RCMP

The 25-year-old Edmonton woman was reported missing on May 12

Most Read