Derrick Whiteskycloud beats a drum during National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Clearwater on Saturday. Whiteskycloud acted as MC for the event. Of Metis and Miqmac/Ojibway ancestry and originally from Brandon, MB, he now lives in Surrey.

SLIDESHOW: Clearwater celebrates National Aboriginal Day

People enjoy events at Dutch Lake Community Centre in Clearwater on Saturday, June 24, for National Aboriginal Day.

People enjoy events at Dutch Lake Community Centre in Clearwater on Saturday, June 24, for National Aboriginal Day.


Inuit entertainer Willie Thrasher is originally from Aklavik. His 1981 album Spirit Child was reissued in October, 2015 on Light in the Attic Records.

The color party leads the parade during the grand entry at the start of National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Dutch Lake Centre in Clearwater. The event was held on Saturday, June 24. Pictured are (l-r( Metis representative Joe Short, Smpcw elder Sam Saul and RCMP Cpl. Mark Labossiere.

Clearwater Mayor John Harwood receives a Metis sash from Sherry Daniels of the BC Metis Federation.

Quinn (l) and Rowan Pickering dance a jig during National Aboriginal Day at Dutch Lake Community Centre.

Fiddler JJ Lavalee plays a jig during National Aboriginal Day activities at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Saturday, June 24. The entertainment also included Metis dancers Rowan and Quinn Pickering, Inuit entertainer Willie Trasher with partner Linda Saddleback, and local musicians. MC was Derrick Whiteskycloud.

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