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Flin Flon prepares National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration

Flin Flon's biggest celebration for National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place this afternoon at Rotary Park.
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Kelleen Blouin and members of the Nemihitowok Hoop Troupe dance during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations.

Flin Flon's biggest celebration for National Indigenous Peoples Day will take place June 21 at Rotary Park.

Celebrations of the day will start at 1 p.m. Tuesday, starting with an opening prayer and greetings from dignitaries. That will lead to Teachings in the Tipi starting at 1:30 p.m., leading into a series of performances and shows with local and regional talent.

The North Buffalo Singers and Dancers will start at 2:30 p.m., with local band Jamifesto performing at 3:30 p.m.

Constant Reminder, a band of four brothers from Saskatchewan's James Smith Cree Nation, will be featured performers of the day and will perform two sets, one at 4 p.m. and a second at 6:30 p.m.

The Wapaw Thunder Square Dancers hit the stage at 5 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by Flin Flon stalwart Ron Burwash.  The Silver Evening Stars Singers, along with traditional dancers from the Flin Flon Friendship Centre, will hit the stage at 6 p.m.

The event will finish with the Northern Lights Singers at 7:30 p.m., followed by a round dance at around 8 p.m.

A free community barbecue and cake will be on hand for attendees, as will be information booths from local groups and organizations, arts and crafts vendors and a gift shop, as well as arts activities with members of the Flin Flon Arts Council and the NorVA Centre.

Several local groups, led by the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre, are tasked with organizing the National Indigenous Peoples Day event.