It was National Aboriginal Day in Yellowknife on June 21, 2011. The celebration began with a 30 minute parade from the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool to the Sombe K’e Civic Plaza in downtown Yellowknife. The event featured live music (including drummers and Pricilla’s Revenge), live entertainment, gift booths, and a fish fry. After 3:00 pm the celebrations began to move to Yellowknife Dene First Nations Cultural Grounds next to the Yellowknife River for more live music, competitive activities such as fire lighting, wood cutting and duck plucking and another fish fry.
Factoid: According to the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada website: “On June 13, 1996, the Governor General of Canada proclaimed June 21st to be National Aboriginal Day, offering Aboriginal peoples an excellent opportunity to share their rich, diverse cultures with family members, neighbours, friends and visitors.” The event was well attended at both locations. Check out my photos below. You can also view my photos from the 2009 event. Click on the images to enlarge the photos.