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LETHBRIDGE:  Galt Gardens was the site of celebrations marking National Aboriginal Day on Tuesday.

There were venders set up, as well as dancing and music to keep people entertained.

Co-ordinator Camelia Dumont says June 21st was designated as National Aboriginal Day back in 1996 to celebrate the culture of aboriginal people across the country.

She also hopes the event will help build relationships between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in the community.

This also happens to be the 3rd Annual Lethbridge Aboriginal Awareness Week, so other events are planned daily until Friday.

Wednesday June 22, 2011 has been designated as Youth Day. Nicholas Sheran School will host a mini Pow Wow from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. All are welcome to enjoy drumming and dancing demonstrations by students and community members. Youth Day activities will take place in Galt Gardens beginning at 3:00 PM and concluding at 9:00 PM. Contemporary Aboriginal Youth Artists will showcase their talents from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM. There will be displays, door prizes and fun activities all afternoon. A Free Barbeque will be provided by the Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society Youth Suicide Prevention Program followed by a Round Dance and Hand Drum Competition.

On Thursday June 23, 2011 an "Elders Tea" will take place at the Medicine Tree Centre from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Aboriginal Elders from Lethbridge will enjoy afternoon tea and take part in a drumming activity with Elders from Kainai, Piikani and Siksika.

The week will end on Friday June 24, 2011. At the Galt Museum from 2:00 to 4:00, Roy Pogorzelski will be reading "The Flower Beadwork People", a Metis story, followed by an introduction to beading with Tara Johnson, Metis artist.

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 4/19/2014 2:31:55 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News with files from the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge
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