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Two months later, National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration planned for August 28

Celebration delayed for two months due to COVID-19
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Dancers from the Nemihitowok Hoop Troupe, including instructor Kelleen Blouin (right) perform at Rotary Park during the last National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in 2019. - FILE PHOTO

After a pandemic pause, the party will be back on to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Flin Flon this weekend.

This year’s celebration will take place August 28 at Rotary Park and will include performances and refreshments, all organized by the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre.

The celebration is planned to start at noon with an opening prayer, ceremony and round dance, with several performances as the afternoon proceeds. The Northern Lights Women’s group, Jamifesto, Jesse Genaille, Ron Burwash and the Nemihitowok Hoop Troupe are all scheduled to perform. Attendees are asked to bring their own blanket or chair for seating.

It is the first time in over two years that the Friendship Centre has organized an event for National Indigenous Peoples Day - the last one was held in June 2019. Last year’s celebration was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, while this year’s event was delayed by over two months due to the pandemic and related health orders. Attendees are asked to follow all applicable COVID-19 health orders while at the event.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is typically observed on June 21. The day, formerly called National Aboriginal Day, is, according to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, a chance to celebrate and learn “about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.”