First Nations front and centre this Canada Day – Cochrane Eagle

by ahnationtalk on June 15, 2017183 Views

Jun 15, 2017

First Nations traditions and culture will be front and centre at this year’s Canada Day celebrations at Mitford Park, with the largest participation from aboriginal people in the event’s history.

Tracy Brooker, the town’s manager of recreation, culture and arts, said Morley’s Twoyoungmen family will erect a teepee at Mitford Park to pay tribute to aboriginal traditions. Inside the tent, a number of demonstrations will be held including eagle feather painting, beading and dream catcher making. Native dancers and a smudging ceremony will round out the increased involvement of local First Nations people for Canada Day.

A smudging ceremony will be part of the Canada Day kickoff events starting at the Cochrane Legion at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast.

Helmer Twoyoungmen, who is helping to organize the First Nation events, says he is pleased that aboriginal people will have a greater presence this year adding festival-goers will also be treated to a mini-pow wow.

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