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Indigenous Peoples Day Amherst, N.s., june 21, 2018

Mi'kmaq Elder Ivan Burke prepared his drum and the sweet grass prior to the start of the ceremony
Elder Manson Gloade opened the ceremonies and emceed the ceremony that was held besides the Four Fathers Memorial Library
Elder Ivan Burke sang the honour song
As the honour song was sung, people participated in the smudging ceremony.
Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie brought greetings from the Town of Amherst and read a proclamation declaring it National Indigenous Peoples Day in Amherst.
Rory O'Connor, the assistant regional director general of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin also addressed the crowd.
After the speeches, drummers, followed by veterans, dancers and others paraded from the library to Victoria Square.
Once there, the grass dancers prepared the square for the powwow
There was more dancing, a tribute to veterans
There was drumming
Then more dancing
It was a great day, where cultures mingled and people just had fun.

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Town of Amherst photos

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