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    Cory Deschamps cooks up a batch of traditional bannock. (Photo by Patricia Lebeouf, Petawawa Post)

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    After drumming on stage, Milo Dalton, 11, and Bryce Pichette, 13, both enjoyed the rest of the day’s activities. (Photo by Patricia Lebeouf, Petawawa Post)

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    Wearing beautiful regalia, Victoria Begeron dances to the songs and drumming. (Photo by Patricia Lebeouf, Petawawa Post)

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    Stacy Jones, 9, is just learning how to play the drum. (Photo by Patricia Lebeouf, Petawawa Post)

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    Drumming was a large part of the day’s events. (Photo by Patricia Lebeouf, Petawawa Post)

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    DThe Medicine Wheel symbolizes the interconnection of all life, the cycles of nature, and the circular journey of life. Kathleen Belaire makes a small version out of branches and beads. (Photo by Patricia Lebeouf, Petawawa Post)


 

 


5th Annual National Aboriginal Day in Pembroke

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday July 13, 2017


The 5th Annual National Aboriginal Day celebrations were held at the Pembroke Marina on June 21. It helped foster pride in the local aboriginal community while simultaneously sharing the culture with others. It all began with a special sunrise and pipe ceremony at 5 a.m. and continued with different cultural aspects including drumming, singing, dancing, smudging, cultural teachings. Bouncy castles, vendors, booths and crafts also added to the fun. The yearly event is a partnership between the Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County, the county itself, the District Aboriginal Friendship Centre, the Metis Nation of Ontario and the Anishinaabe Cultural Circle.