National Aboriginal Day: Full day of celebration at Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach

The community is invited to celebrate National Aboriginal Day at Transfer Beach Wednesday with members of Stz’uminus First Nation.

This year’s theme is Pre 150 – Sharing the Knowledge of Traditional Welcome.

Canada 150 committee co-chair and Stz’uminus councillor Roxanne Harris said the family event is a big part of

reconciliation and marrying the two communities.

“We have it at Transfer Beach because we want to have community members from Ladysmith come down and enjoy and be part of it,” she said.

Archaeological digs have found the Stz’uminus community dates back at least 5,000 years.

The day starts with the opening and welcome at 10 a.m. by Chief John Elliott, Harris and Mayor Aaron Stone followed by a Hul’q’umi’num greeting by Stz’uminus First Nation students at 10:20 a.m.

Students will then sing the K’naan’s Wavin’ Flag song at 10:30 a.m, followed by a Mini Bone Game performance and another song performance.

“We want to share our culture with everyone,” Harris said.

A traditional play performance by Ladysmith Secondary School students is scheduled for 11 a.m.

The day of games and traditions will also include a lunch from 12-1p.m. including free hot dogs, hamburgers and a seafood platter which is by donation.Buffi David will also be there to bless the food.

A traditional game presentation will be held from 1-2 p.m. and War Canoe Races between 2-3pm.

War canoe demonstrations will show the traditional method for how disputes were settled.

The day will conclude with a closing prayer at 3 p.m.

National Aboriginal Day has been held across Canada since 1996 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and

outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

The public is encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blankets, sunscreen and water to make the day more enjoyable.

Just Posted

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island teen was discovered

Brewers go down swinging in baseball semifinal playoff

Chemainus junior men’s squad falls just short of a second straight trip to the finals

Lack of consultation on Chemainus Road corridor project irks business owners, residents

Surprise expressed over change to anticipated North Cowichan plans

Fuller Lake Beach remains closed

High bacteria count prevents people from being in the water during warm summer days

Ladysmith Chamber president speaks up for local business at meeting with provincial ministers

Tammy Leslie, Ladysmith Chamber president presented three policy proposals to the government

VIDEO: Canadian zoos’ captive breeding programs help preserve endangered species

Programs considered last-ditch effort to prevent local extinctions of turtles, butterflies and more

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Telus customers enraged as outage hits fifth day has been down since Aug. 15

B.C. log export rules killing us, northwest harvester says

NorthPac Forestry says Skeena Sawmills has plenty of timber

Search crews find 4-year-old boy who went missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Most Read