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Oh Canada! The Aboriginal Way

Aboriginals found their own way to celebrate Canada Day on July 1, be they Philippine immigrants showcasing their indigenous heritage, Inuit in Nunavut and Nunavik partying, or First Nations veterans gearing up to celebrate the upcoming 200th anniversary of their peoples’ role in the War of 1812.

Nunavik and Nunavut celebrated the nation’s 144th birthday with the Alianait arts festival, topped off by an evening concert featuring the Jerry Cans, Ellen Hamilton and Nuvu, and Beatrice Deer, the Nunatsiaq News reported. Towns celebrated with everything ranging from a pancake breakfast, to children’s activities to sports events and a barbeque, plus throat-singers and drum dancers.

In London, Ontario, First Nations veterans were a centerpiece of the festivities. George Henry, a member of the Chippewa of the Thames band council, told The London Free Press that First Nations’ tradition of military service predates the formation of Canada and that it was only natural for them to join in when the territory was threatened.

Read the original article at: Indian Country Today

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