National Aboriginal Day Celebrated at Fort William First Nation

Anemki Wajiw in the background at the Fort William First Nation National Aboriginal Day celebrations
Anemki Wajiw in the background at the Fort William First Nation National Aboriginal Day celebrations

Anemki Wajiw in the background at the Fort William First Nation National Aboriginal Day celebrations
Anemki Wajiw in the background at the Fort William First Nation National Aboriginal Day celebrations

FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION – National Aboriginal Day in Thunder Bay was celebrated at the Fort William First Nation Pow Wow Grounds up on Anemki Wajiw or Mount Mckay.

The day was filled with fun, drumming, dancing, family and a sharing of the Anishinawbe Culture.

From the drumming to the dancing, to the feast, the day was one that was very easy to enjoy.

With NAD 2015 sharing Father’s Day, there were special noted celebrations to honour the men, and their traditional roles in the culture, as fire keepers and as protectors of the women.

All of the men in attendance were honoured, and were given gifts to remind them of that sacred role in the Anishinaabe culture.

Honouring the Men at National Aboriginal Day
Honouring the Men at National Aboriginal Day
The men were honoured, and given a gift to remind them of their role as fire keepers and protectors of women.
The men were honoured, and given a gift to remind them of their role as fire keepers and protectors of women.

Food is an important part of a Pow Wow. The feast was sponsored by Union Gas. There was delicious moose, whitefish, tasty bannock, wild rice, blueberries, strawberries and corn on the cob.

A delicious feast sponsored by Union Gas
A delicious feast sponsored by Union Gas

There was also live music. Jackie Labrador entertained the audience with some great music on stage.

Hitting the stage and rocking out some great tunes!
Morgan hitting the stage with Visual Past and rocking out some great tunes!