Guest Post By: Sheldon McRae, APTN
Lift your spirits, stir your soul! Join us at APTN’s 9th annual Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration on Saturday, June 20th. What will Canada’s largest celebration of its kind in recognition of National Aboriginal Day look and sound like?
To welcome the longest day of the year, the Celebration Village opens at 11:00 a.m. and it’s free, just bring yourself, your family and your pals. It will be a day-long program of free family-friendly activities.
New additions are the APTN Kids Zone and the Qannik Bouncer for all families! The little ones will be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when they discover their own dedicated play space. It’s an animated and fun filled area where there will also be face painting, colouring, games and prizes, cultural crafts and much more.
At the hub of the Celebration Village is the Cultural Stage (formally known as the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Stage) and this is a place where people will gather for the amazing array of song and dance. Michael Hutchinson, Host of APTN National News, is a lively addition to the stage, and he’ll be emceeing!
For youth who are into sports, or want to pick up tips on skate boarding, the Skateboard Park & Competition hosted by Rhythm 104.7 FM is back. Or if prefer to be a spectator of the beating of drums, fascinating dance and eye-popping regalia, the Aboriginal Day Competition Pow Wow – brought to you by APTN and Manito Ahbee Festival returns to win you over. You’re also invited to participate!
For full details of the celebration, see aboriginaldaylive.com.
The Aboriginal Day Live evening concert then welcomes the setting sun and burst with the sounds of a solid lineup of Indigenous superstars at 7:30 p.m.!