Celebrating past and present

Shuswap Indian Band is holding a National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Saturday, June 22.

Shuswap Indian Band will revisit the past and enjoy the present with their National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Saturday, June 22. The free, family-friendly gathering is open to the public, and all are welcome, said Suzie Thomas, the youth community coordinator.

The event will include a mock archeological dig, where keen explorers might discover a bone or even a flint arrowhead buried in the sand.

Two elders will share their expertise and ancient cultural practices by offering lessons on making pine-needle baskets and willow dreamcatchers.

Throughout the day, there will also be powwow demonstrations, face painting, food and craft vendors, a concession and more.

“It’s a gathering place. We’re there to come together as one, and we’re open to sharing,” said Ms. Thomas. “We are open, and there are no wrong questions. Questions are always welcome.”

She is excited to host the event and share the day with everyone who attends. She said she is looking forward to seeing Indigenous people celebrating their heritage and taking pride in their culture, while teaching the Valley more about the people who thrived in the area long before the settlers arrived.

The National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4878 Kinbasket Trail in the field next to No Frills. It will go on rain or shine.

“Come on out whether it be for five minutes or the whole time,” Ms. Thomas said, adding that guests can expect great energy and loads of fun.

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