National Aboriginal Day Thunder Bay


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National Aboriginal Day Thunder Bay celebrations will take place on Tuesday, June 21st 2011 at Fort William Historical Park. Events will begin at 6:00am and Closing Ceremonies start at 9:00pm. This year our theme is to honour 2011 Year of the Youth. Come out to enjoy some food, music, dancing, drumming, booths and more! Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Thunder Bay Transit’s schedule for bus service on this day is available on our website

Highlights will include: National Anthem sung in Ojibwe, Fashion and Talent Shows.

Activities will include:

6:00AM      Sunrise Ceremony with Josephine Mandamin

7:30AM      Refreshments / Coffee for Sunrise Ceremony Participants

10:00AM    Exhibitors and Craft Vendors

10:00AM    Victory Song – Host Drum: Animkii Gwiizes

10:00AM    Visit Historic Site with Cultural Activities and Teachings (ending at 5:00PM)

12:00PM     Open Art Show & National Aboriginal Day Quilt

12:00PM     Grand Entry & Colour Party

12:30PM     Opening Ceremonies

1:30PM       Bannock Making Contest

4:30PM       Feast

5:00PM       Live Entertainment & Youth Performers

5:30PM       Pow Wow Continues

9:00PM       Closing Ceremonies

All activities will take place at the Amphitheatre, unless otherwise noted. More information can be found on our website

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Aaron Paquette is one of Canadaʼs premiere First Nations artists known for his bright colours, strong lines and for sharing new ways of looking at age-old experiences and beliefs. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Aaron has been creating art for the past 20 years. He apprenticed and has become both a Cathedral Stained Glass artist and a Goldsmith, influences of which can be seen in the line and structure of his paintings – displayed in various galleries throughout the country. Aaron is also an experienced facilitator, trainer and engaging public speaker. He has worked with the Royal Conservatory’s adjunct program -Learning Through the Arts- as both a Mentor Artist and as the First Nations Representative and Consultant in Alberta. This experience focused on providing the skills and background knowledge for infusing differentiated learning within the general curriculum in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Aaron has collaborated with Ministries, Teachers’ Associations, and various community members and teachers, providing region wide teacher workshops and in- school experiences related to the art curriculum that also provide an FNMI perspective. Through this collaboration, he also provides student workshops, professional development sessions and artist-in- residence programs. A skilled communicator, Aaron has worked with Alberta Education in reconciliation, specifically between communities and school administration. He has worked for years with the Edmonton Public School Board with both in-class sessions and special sessions for promising young artists. The Catholic School Boards in the Central and Northern Alberta region have also enlisted Aaron in many projects ranging from elementary school visits that tie art into curricular learning to mural painting with High School students.