200 celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Clearwater

Event at Dutch Lake Community Centre displays indigenous culture

Irene and Gerry Charlie of Canim Lake and Kamloops lead the way.

Irene and Gerry Charlie of Canim Lake and Kamloops lead the way.

Irene and Gerry Charlie of Canim Lake and Kamloops lead the way during the official opening of National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Dutch Lake Community Centre on Sunday. Close to 200 people took part, about half of them tourists.

 

Sam SaulLeft:Sam Saul gives the blessing during the official opening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Metis dancers Rowan (l) and Quinn Pickering dance an energetic dancersjig as they take part in National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Sunday. The sister-and-brother team are from New Westminster.

 

 

 

 

 

Below: Clearwater councillor Gord Heisterman (l) talks with Keith Henry, president of the BC Metis Federation and chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada.

Gord Keith