National Indigenous Peoples Day in Gyro Park kicked off with a blessing and Okanagan song. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Gyro Park kicked off with a blessing and Okanagan song. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Hundreds turn out to National Indigenous Peoples Day in Penticton

With performances, bouncy castles and arts and crafts, Gyro Park is hopping

Hundreds have arrived at National Indigenous Peoples Day at Gyro Park in Penticton Tuesday.

The event organized by the Ooknakane Friendship Centre goes until 6 p.m.

Singers opened the day with the traditional Okanagan song.

From bouncy castles and arts and craft tables to performances on the bandshell stage and a booth with the Penticton Vees players, the park is hopping with things to do.

There are hot dogs available by donation, with all proceeds supporting the Ooknakane Friendship Centre’s food services.

The national holiday is a celebration of the culture, history and legacy of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Ooknakane Friendship Centre wants to share that with Penticton residents.

“Indigenous people around the world see their children as their future and so, we are celebrating the future of our community with this family-friendly children’s celebration,” says Echo Lyons, who works as the Indigenous Youth Support worker at the Ooknakane Friendship Centre.

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