Members of the Highwater drummers and singers perform for the audience and dancers at the Aboriginal Day festivities at the Shatford Centre Wednesday.

Aboriginal Day celebrated

For the second year in a row Aboriginal Day was celebrated inside and also on the grounds of the Shatford Centre on Wednesday.

Beginning with the grand procession, hereditary Penticton Indian Band chief Adam Eneas lead in the dignitaries including current chief Chad Eneas and Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit followed by the traditional First Nations dancers

That was followed a mini-powwow where everyone who wanted had an opportunity to get up and dance to the beat of the Highwater Drum Group.

“On behalf of the PIB when we think of aboriginal day being one day of the year t year that we celebrate life that was gifted to us, each and every day we can wake up that’s a gift for all living things, is to be able to live life as they are,” Chad Eneas told the crowd of hundreds of people. “My great grandma shared with us a story and I’m just going to share a little bit of that story, She said we are so insignificant in our life it’s like a grain of sand compared to how old the earth is and how long that life is going to live in front of us in our future.”

Adam Eneas talked about healing process and the future of not needing reconciliation events such as the one he attended the previous day at Penticton Secondary Schoool.

He also spoke about the past: “The colonization and the colonial attitudes of previous governments and who said we’re going to take the Indian out of the child and make him or her a white person, that did not succeed.”

At 6:30 a community feast of traditional First Nations foods took place inside where an art exhibit called Resurgence was on display curated by Dr. Michelle Jack and Ann Doyon.

As well there were portraits being taken by Joe Lebeau, craft vendors and children’s activities.

The Okanagan Nation Alliance brought the exhibition, the Social Life of Water featuring the voices of Silx elders and knowledge keepers offering an indigenous perspective that depicts the signifigance of water as it infiltrates every aspect of life.

Both exhibits will run until Sept. 10 at the centre.

Just Posted

First Things First and Penticton Lakeside Resort hosting environmental all-candidates debate Oct. 15

Ahead of the debate, there will be a round table discussion with the candidates

Final day of racing approaching at the Penticton Speedway

The Halloween finale starts at 2 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Travelling around the world of Penticton’s cuisines with Foodtopia

The 500 block celebrated the variety of restaurants on Main Street with a night of specials.

Parts of KVR Trail becoming dumping ground for stolen vehicles

More vehicles are turning up due to more patrolling, says Const. James Grandy

Hungry can enjoy Thanksgiving meal thanks to Soupateria volunteers

Thanksgiving and Christmas busiest time of year, says volunteer Randy Cranston

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

Shuswap ski area vies for $250,000 as top-four finalist in national contest

Help needed to accumulate votes or ‘clicks’ Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday for trail lighting project

Letter: Policies need to be put into context

Reader wants to put party policies into the context of money compared to the natural world.

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

Most Read