North Hastings Children’s Services will be hosting a local celebration for National Indigenous Peoples Day on Friday.

“This is a time when both the indigenous and non-indigenous people can come together and celebrate that relationship between those two communities,” Algonquin Inodewiziwin EarlyON Coordinator¬†Christine Luckasavitch says.

It will start at 6 AM with a sunrise ceremony led by Algonquin Elder Ada Tinney at the Faraday Community Centre. It’s suggested you bring a chair, drums, rattles and voices to “join the celebration.” Shawashkong Ikwe singers will be singing throughout the ceremony. Starting at 10 AM at Bird’s Creek Park, Hastings Trails will be hosting a solstice celebration. Smudging and prayer along with drumming, singing, storytelling and crafts will be done. The day will end at 1 PM when the Algonquin Inodewiziwin EarlyON and Family Centre host a celebration and feast along with the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation at Eagles Nest Park.

The Bancroft Heritage Museum will be open all day and will be free to get in.

“I am most excited about the amount of youth involved,” Luckasavitch tells My Bancroft Now. She says there is so many youth in the area that work hard to make their mark on the community. “We want to do whatever we can to offer them opportunities to participate in these community events.”

Luckasavitch says this is a great way for non-indigenous people to learn about their culture and traditions and meat some local indigenous people as well.