This year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Huntsville will feature a free concert from Juno Award-winning band Digging Roots.
Digging Roots is fronted by husband and wife duo Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish. The band won a Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2010, and more recently ShoShona won the Spirit of Folk Award at the International Folk Music Awards.
National Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes and celebrates the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Huntsville’s NIPD celebration will take place in River Mill Park on Friday, June 21 from 6:30-8 p.m.; the Algonquin Theatre is the back-up location in case of rain.
“The Town of Huntsville has been celebrating June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day since 2000,” said Teri Souter, Manager of Arts, Culture and Heritage for the Town of Huntsville. “We have been the grateful recipient of elders and teachers from Wasauksing First Nation, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Mohawks of Wahta, Moon River Métis Council, the Métis Nation of Ontario, and one year we even had three Inuit elders talking to us about climate change. We have been able to provide a place and an audience for elders and traditional teachers who have generously shared with us.”
Huntsville’s National Indigenous Peoples Day has also hosted former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario James Bartleman in 2001 and 2007, and even then-Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin in 2004.
“This year’s celebration takes the Wampum Belt teachings we were treated to by Brian Charles in 2018 and brings a current and traditional indigenous cultural perspective with the Little Spirit Singers, Master of Ceremonies elder John Rice, and the Little Spirit Singers led by Deina Bomberry. I’m expecting it to be a lot of fun!” said Souter.
Local Indigenous culture and important information about Huntsville will be shared at the event.
The event is courtesy of the Canadian Department of Heritage, the Town of Huntsville and Algonquin Theatre, and Huntsville Festival of the Arts volunteers.
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