The third annual National Aboriginal Day in Hope featured drumming and dancing by Sacred Connections.

Celebrating Hope’s heritage

About 500 people participated in National Aboriginal Day in Memorial Park

About 500 people attended the third annual National Aboriginal Day in Hope on Saturday.

Hosted by Trails Crossing Friendship Centre, the celebration featured drumming and dancing by Sacred Connections (right), music with Earl “Earlvis” Louis (bottom left), standup comedy by Opi Oppenheimer (bottom right), traditional arts and crafts, bannock making, storytelling, carving by local artists, and a visit from the B.C. Elders Gathering king MI:Mel Spath (Roger Andrews) and Queen Yayuts Kiia (Audrey Kelly), who were representing the Shxw’ōw’hámel First Nation.

“The weather held out for us. Mother Nature was definitely looking out over our shoulders because as soon as we finished at 4 p.m., it was stormy,” said event organizer Naydeen Spencer. “It was a lot of fun and well attended. People were happy to see the friendship centre in the community, but also that we were celebrating National Aboriginal Day. It’s really nice to have that recognition.”

The 50/50 draw raised $91 for the non-profit organization this year.

 

 

Just Posted

Fire crews battling Laidlaw house fire

Neighbours say the family are safe, still unconfirmed by fire department

UPDATE: Man in mid-20s killed in targeted shooting in Abbotsford

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

Warm zone opens for Hope’s homeless population

Two men facing homelessness said they spend 50 hours per week outdoors

Busy first month for Hope’s extreme weather shelter

Two men, homeless, want warm spaces during day

BC Liberal leadership hopeful Micheal Lee stops in Hope

Only party members can vote in leadership vote Feb. 1-3

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Hope hikers encounter wolf near Alexandra Bridge

Wolf sightings uncommon, number of wolves growing in B.C.: conservation officer

Hope drag racer pursuing perfection at the drag strip

Rick Limb’s mission: reliability and consistency

Mother struggles to make rent after robbery outside ER

Gofundme campaign started to cover costs

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Snowfall warning for Coquihalla

15 to 20 centimetres expected, Highway 1 still closed from rock slide

Letter: Hope churches come together for week of Christian unity

Dear Editor, Every year, between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25, Christians around… Continue reading

Most Read