Walk to Celebrate Indigenous Culture Day

Participants gather at the display table. Left-right are Nichole Simard, representing ATB Business, Liam Simard and Gaven Gagne.

SPN Staff

People from all over the Smoky River region gathered at Falher June 21 to participate in the Walk to Celebrate Indigenous Culture Day.

The walk was organized by ATB and sponsored by ATB Business and a local business, Tony’s Pizza and Donair. Organizers were the ATB Branch Manager Tracy Gagne and Nichole Simard, representing ATB Business.

The main purpose of the walk was to celebrate the unique culture of the Indigenous people in the region; not just what makes us different but also what makes us the same.

The walk was held at the gazebo in Falher and began at 4:30 p.m. Homemade bannock with jam and butter was given away, along with free water and juice to walk participants.

The ceremony began with a land acknowledgement. A moment of silence was then held in honour and memory of the 215 children who were recently found in Kamloops.

Mya Laboucan performed a traditional dance. Sasha Laboucan, a local community member, then spoke about what it’s like being Indigenous in the community and what the walk and Indigenous Day means to her.

The walk then began at the gazebo, went down to the giant Bee, went east one block, north again two blocks, and circled back to the gazebo.

About 50 attended the celebration.

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