On Friday, June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations took place at Tla’amin Nation.
In the morning students from School District 47 took part in cultural tours at Government House, where they learned about place names in Tla'amin traditional territory and their significance, the interpretation of totem poles from elder Randy Timothy, how to weave cedar bark patterns, and the use of arrowheads and hand tools. They also took in a live puppet show telling the legend of Mink and Whale.
Later the students headed to the beach where they performed the Nunkum whale dance to end their day.
During the afternoon, the public was invited to join the festivities, which included cultural and artwork displays, singing and dancing, a traditional salmon barbecue and bannock judging competition.
Steven Gallagher photo