Indigenous Peoples Day Amherst celebrates First Nations, Inuit and Metis

June 21, 2019, marked the summer solstice, a sacred day for First Nations, Inuit and Metis across the country. June 21 was officially proclaimed Indigenous Peoples Day by the federal government in 1996 in order to recognize the contributions those groups have made towards the development of the country. Amherst celebrated the day with a powwow organized by the town and Indigenous Services Canada

The powwow began with a Smudging Ceremony, an opening prayer and the singing of O Canada.
The opening prayer was then followed by greetings from representatives for Indigenous Services Canada and the Town of Amherst.
Canada's veterans were then honoured.
The grass dancers then took centre stage.
Native drumming and singing played a major role in the powwow
Several dances were performed during the event.
Among the more popular was the potato dance, which First Nations and non-natives participated in.
The Men's Traditional Dance was popular.
As were the Fancy Shawl Dancers
Here are some other images from the powwow.


Tom McCoag / Town of Amherst

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