Aboriginal Day to be celebrated June 26

Red Deer can’t wait to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 26. Several events, starting on Monday, will be held in advance of the big day to recognize the culture and contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.

Red Deer can’t wait to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 26.

Several events, starting on Monday, will be held in advance of the big day to recognize the culture and contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.

Events begin on Monday at 11 a.m. with a short proclamation ceremony with Mayor Morris Flewwelling at City Hall Park, 4914 48th Ave., followed by dancing by the Red Deer Aboriginal Studies 10 group.

Red Deer Aboriginal Employment, at 4711 51st Ave., will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The soldout Aboriginal Turtle Awards gala will be at the Capri Centre.

On Tuesday, drumming will be held at noon at the Hub, 4936 50th St. Film screenings of Sitting Bull and The Black Hawk War will run at Red Deer’s Downtown Library, 4818 49th St. from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, Metis Local and Metis LINKS will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Metis LINKS, 1-4814 50th St. Native craft lessons will be available at the Hub at 1 p.m.

On Thursday, Red Deer Friendship Centre will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 200 5405 50th Ave. Film screenings of The Pontiac Rebellion — The Trial of Poundmaker, and The Worlds of Joseph Brant will run at the downtown library from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Friday, Native Counselling will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 207 4814 Ross St.

The Red Deer Aboriginal Employment Services Dance at the Golden Circle starts at 7 p.m., at 4620 47A Ave. A tipi raising ceremony will also be held at sundown at Golden Circle.

On Saturday, the National Aboriginal Day celebration will be held from 10 to 4 p.m. at Heritage Square, adjacent to Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery.

The opening ceremony will include elders prayer, the mayor’s speech and the grand entry of Red Deer Aboriginal Dance Troupe.

Craft tables with face painting and vendors open at 11 a.m., followed by a noon barbecue at no charge, but a donation is requested.

Entertainment includes Metis jiggers at 1 p.m. and Morning Start Drummers at 1:45 p.m.

The tipi at Golden Circle will come down at sundown.