The National Aboriginal Day Thunder Bay Committee is working hard to bring you another fantastic National Aboriginal Day celebration over two days (June 20 and 21, 2014). This year, we’ll be celebrating at Fort William Historical Park (Amphitheatre) in Thunder Bay, ON.
Canadians from all walks of life are invited to celebrate the rich contributions that Aboriginal peoples (First Nation, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit) have made to Canada. June 21st was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because it is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For generations, Aboriginal people have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day. Aboriginal people will gather to celebrate and share with spectacular dance, song and theatrical performances both contemporary and traditional and feast together as a community.
National Aboriginal Day is a fun-filled day for the whole family to enjoy and bring together our city, our region and our territory. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal people and their contributions to Canada.
Elder: Sam Achneepineskum (to do opening prayer, feast prayer, sun rise ceremony)
MC: Jim Misquart
Arena Director: Frank Bear
Host Drum: Thunder Spirit
Co-Host Drum: Thunder Boy
First Dance: Aaron Theriault
Schedule of Events * Fort William Historical Park
Friday, June 20th (Day One)
10am – 2pm
Arts, Crafts, Storytelling, Games, Teachings in the Fort
12pm – 10pm
Open Air Concert featuring Live, Local Entertainment in the Amphitheatre
JC Wilkinson Band
Boys on the Bay
Nick Sherman Band
Ira Johnson Band
June 21st (Day Two)
Light Breakfast for Sunrise Ceremony Attendees
Grand Opening with Special Ceremony Honouring Youth, Youth Leaders (Main Stage)
Master of Ceremonies: TBD
Arena Director: TBD
Host Drum: TBD
Give Aways and Closing Ceremony
Thunder Bay Transit service will be approximately every two hours.
Click here for: Thunder Bay Transit NAD Bus Schedule