National Indigenous Peoples Day started early in Corner Brook

    Friday, 21 June 2024 12:00

    By Tonya Organ

    The Men’s Fellowship Circle setting up the tipi for today's celebrations! 👏🏼 Photo from Sherry Dean

    It kicked off  6 o’clock this morning at Margaret Bowater Park with a sunrise ceremony.

    Corner Brook was a special sight today as celebrations took place as part of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Sherry Dean is a Ward Councillor with Qalipu First Nations and dropped into the station for a chat with Bayfm’s Dean Clarke. She says it kicked off  6 o’clock this morning at Margaret Bowater Park with a sunrise ceremony. Dean says that’s where they gather in a circle and celebrate who we are. The gathering has been taking place for years and everyone sits in nature as the sun comes up with the water, nature, and a sacred fire.  Celebrations continued at the Majestic Lawn this morning with craft vendors, drumming, singing, face painting and storytelling for children, and food. 

     

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