National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Pembroke June 21

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016

National Aboriginal Day will once again be bringing the sounds, flavours and traditions of the First Nations people to Pembroke.

“It just gets bigger and bigger every year,” said Coordinator Angela Duchene, adding the organizers are excited to hold this event once more.

Aboriginal Day is a non-profit event and requires sponsors to help it thrive. Over the past four years, it has been steadily growing as more people become aware of it. As it will be held on June 21, a Tuesday, organizers are hoping that school children will be able to drop in and learn more about Aboriginal culture, alongside the rest of the community.

Hosted by the Métis Nation of Ontario, Family and Children Services of Renfrew County, Renfrew County and District Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Anishaanabe Cultural Circle, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pembroke Marina, and it is free to all. Similarly to years past, there will be free food, 37 information booths, cultural experiences, drumming circles, vendors, a canoe ride, crafts, bouncy castles and various Aboriginal teachings.

“It will be a great day, and I hope that the community will come out,” said Duchene. “It’s part of a community initiative. It is a really good way to get people together and get them to understand what aboriginal ways are all about.”

The local area has always been very supportive, she added, and curious about First Nations’ traditions. She has been especially pleased by the assistance from so many different organizations and businesses in the area.

“Without them, this would not be possible,” said Duchene. “We really wouldn’t be able to make it a go.

Sponsors were provided with a certificate of appreciation on June 3 to signify the organizer’s gratefulness for their backing.