Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day at Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre

The Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre (FENFC), located at 796 Buffalo Road, is hosting a range of activities to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day including dance presentations, guest speakers, and a vendor market.

Credit: Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre

The festivities will begin early tomorrow with a sunrise ceremony at 5:30 a.m.

Opening and welcoming remarks will commence at 10 a.m., followed by the first guest speaker, Beverly Jacobs, at 10:30 a.m.

Jacobs, a member of the Mohawk Nation Bear Clan, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law and Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations and Outreach at the University of Windsor.

At 11 a.m., a special presentation will honour the families of residential schools.

A dance presentation is scheduled for noon, featuring Harvey Dreaver, a Cree Nation member from Big River, Saskatchewan.

Dreaver is a champion powwow singer and a member of the Juno Award-winning group, The Whitefish Jrs.

The afternoon will continue with Blackwolf Hart speaking at 1 p.m. Hart, a member of the Cree Nation in Manitoba and the White Earth Ojibway Nation in Minnesota, is a traditional and motivational facilitator.

At 2 p.m., Sherri Vansickle, an Onondaga Nation Eel Clan member and associate professor of Indigenous Educational Studies at Brock University, will address attendees.

Throughout the day, there will be a vibrant vendor market with crafts, a lacrosse demonstration, children’s activities, cultural and dance demonstrations, and plenty of food.

An Indian Cookie Contest will also take place, with bakers submitting six cookies and a copy of their recipe by 1:30 p.m.

The winner will receive a $100 gift card, and the runner-up will get a $50 gift card.

For more details, contact Tina Smith at (905) 871-8931 extension 281.

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