National Aboriginal Day
June 21, is National Aboriginal Day across Canada, it’s proclaimed annually in the Town of Peace River. This year for the first time ever, a ceremony was held at the flagpole in the downtown roundabout before the raising of both the Treaty 8 and Métis Nation flags. This small gesture is a symbol of the Town of Peace River’s commitment to working towards reconciliation. While there is no roadmap to reconciliation, the Town believes that by honouring our shared history, the good and the bad, we can collectively build a better a future.
The DMI Art Gallery at the Peace River Municipal Library will have a display of local Aboriginal and Métis art on display until July 19. The official opening takes place tonight at 6, see below for event details.
At the end of the month Cinema Politica will be screening the film “Colonization Road,” at the Peace River Municipal Library. This free movie is a great learning opportunity.
National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by Canada’s former Governor General Romeo A. LeBlanc; and,
The Town of Peace River is home to a vibrant Aboriginal and Métis Community; and,
The Town is situated on traditional Treaty 8 land; and,
In the spirit of reconciliation, we press forward towards a brighter future without forgetting the lessons of the past.
Be it Resolved
That the Mayor and Council of the Town of Peace River hereby proclaim June 21, 2017, as “National Aboriginal Day,” in the Town of Peace River.