First Nations celebrated at Burlington lakefront ceremony

Published June 14, 2023 at 11:06 am

National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated in Burlington with an evening lakefront ceremony.

The event will take place on Wednesday, June 21 at Spencer Smith Park in the west lawn area from 5 to 8 p.m.

“This is a day for all people to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” reads a statement released by the City of Burlington.

Along with Indigenous leaders and support organizations, the evening will include traditional drumming, music, dance and ceremonial tributes ending with a fire ceremony to mark the Summer Solstice.

This is a free event. No registration is required.

Performances will be given by Nadjiwan, Amber Kakiishiway, Red Cedar Sisters, Spring Creek Dancers and Mother’s Heartbeat Drum Group and a tobacco ceremony with a sacred fire will be presented by elder/healer White Eagle.

“This event will help to both teach and to heal so we can all move forward in our Truth and Reconciliation,” said Denise Beard, Burlington’s Manager of Community Development Residents of all cultures and backgrounds can come, actively participate or silently support in any way you feel comfortable.”



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