National Aboriginal Day 2015 – Thunder Bay

New Pow Wow Grounds at Fort William First Nation
New Pow Wow Grounds at Fort William First Nation

New Pow Wow Grounds at Fort William First Nation
New Pow Wow Grounds at Fort William First Nation

THUNDER BAY – What are your plans for National Aboriginal Day in Thunder Bay? At Anemki Wajiw or Mount Mckay, there is a full day of events planned for National Aboriginal Day.

Here is the schedule of events including the speakers:

11:00 am            Amy Farrell-Morneau, Chair, National Aboriginal Day (confirmed)

11:03 am            Bradley Macklin, French Translation (confirmed)

11:06 am            FWFN Chief Peter Collins (confirmed)

11:09 am            President Bryanna Scott, Metis Nation of Ontario (tbc)

11:12 am            GC Harvey Yesno, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (confirmed)

11:15 am            Coun. Shelby Ch’ng, City of Thunder Bay (confirmed)

11:18 am            MP Bruce Hyer (confirmed)

11:24 am            MP John Rafferty (confirmed)

11:27 am           Wendy Landry, Manager, FN, Metis & Inuit & municipal affairs, Union Gas

11:30 am            Aboriginal Leadership Thunder Bay graduation ceremony

–      Kelly Flettes, board president, Leadership Thunder Bay
–     Charlene Baglien, ED, Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre

  • Graduate (class valedictorian)
  • Presentations to graduates
  • Andrea Landry, presentation on youth in leadership

12:00 pm          Grand Entry – MC Jim Misquart

3:00 pm             Honouring Our Men Recognition Awards
1) Winners called up: Chair to review why each person was a winner and present them with their jacket and certificate.

2) Once this is complete, all men will be called to the perimeter of the arbor. At this time, women (wives, daughters, sisters, friends etc of the men) will be called to the middle where they will retrieve a fire bag and proceed to stand in front of the men. While standing there, women holding the bag, Teresa will give the teaching about the fire bags. Once Teresa completes the teaching, the women will give the bag over to the men. At this time, a drum will sing an honour song for all the men.

5:00 pm             Feast / Entertainment
7:00 pm             

8:00 pm              Closing Ceremonies