Stage set for National Indigenous Peoples day

George Leach to close celebrations with live performance in George Little Park

George Leach will be the closing headline performer for this year’s Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on Saturday, June 23, in George Little Park. The day-long events follow a free barbecue lunch on Thursday, the recognized June 21 date, in Brolly Square.

Celebrations for this National Indigenous Peoples Day have reached an important turning point in Terrace, uniting the Kermode Friendship Society with other organizations, including the City of Terrace, to offer a more unified and welcoming celebration for all.

“We didn’t really come together in the past,” Calvin Albright, Kermode Friendship Society’s executive director. “This is the start of us coming together on an important day, improving on it and making it a really good event for everybody.”

The days-long event will kick off Thursday, June 21, in Brolly Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a free barbecue and hula-hooping demonstration by Coastal Mountain Hoops owner, member of the Haida nation, Kimberly Leighton-Santosfrom who offers classes in Terrace.

On Saturday, June 23, celebrations kick into high gear. The day begins with a free city-sponsored screening of Incredibles 2 at Tillicum Theatre. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the movie starting 30 minutes later.

Afterward, the attention will fall on George Little Park at 1 p.m. with welcome addresses from chiefs and elected officials followed by an afternoon packed with activities, including face painting, traditional dancing, music both traditional and modern, vendors and food (including the crowd favourite from the Metis community, bison burgers). Donated prizes from local businesses will also be drawn and handed out.

The big draw of the day will be a closing headline performance by signer/songwriter George Leach, a Stl’atl’imx from Lillooet, B.C., known for his blusey roots and latter integrations of classic rock, R&B and soul balladry. Leach is the recipient of many awards in his career, including a 2014 Juno for Aboriginal Album of the Year with Surrender. Listen to the full album ongeorgeleach.com.

On June 25, Leach will step down from the public stage and lead a fun but inspirational workshop with students in the Coast Mountain School District on the importance of a highschool education. This event is closed to the general public.

Overall, Albright expects a rewarding celebration this year, saying the inclusion of other organizations has helped carry a one-day event into a more pluralistic setting.

“We all work and live together in this area. We’re the original inhabitants in this territory and continue to share it with everybody. So this is just something to acknowledge the people that live here, and also for the non-Aboriginal community to come out and really socialize and be together. It’s a good day. It’s really important for the [non-Indigenous] community to see some of the good things that are happening in our community.”

Just Posted

Two Terrace homeless campsites levelled

Private property owners brought in crews to clear trees, brush

Northwest Wave Riders return from Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

This was the first time in 25 years that northern B.C. teams competed

Feds approve $4M for Tahltan protected and conserved areas

Well defined stewardship will help nation reduce uncertainties for resource partners

NARA sends off rescues to cat cafe in Vancouver

Several cats and kittens from the region are now up for adoption at Catoro Cafe

BC Parks student rangers complete several northwest B.C. conservation projects

This was the first time the summer program operated out of Terrace

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

Vancouver Island father says he attempted suicide a month before murders

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Province funds new shuttle buses for 13 B.C. senior centres

Activity, socializing helps maintain health, Adrian Dix says

Thermal imaging cameras eye Salish Sea in hopes of better detecting whales

Cameras installed at BC Ferries’ terminal on Galiano Island, and off southern Gulf Islands

BREAKING: Province approves Surrey police force

Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth green-lights city’s municipal police force

Police watchdog investigating two officers after Langley teen’s suspected overdose

According to IIO, two officers were deployed to help Carson Crimeni but did not locate him before he died

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

UPDATED: Kelly Ellard gets day parole extended for six more months, overnight leave

Kelly Ellard was convicted of killing 14-year-old Reena Virk in 1997

Most Read