Bruce Power will celebrate Aboriginal culture on June 21.
Aboriginal Day, an annual event created by the federal government in 1996 to honour Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations on the summer solstice, will provide Bruce Power employees with an opportunity to learn about these cultures.
“The day will be about sharing our rich and beautiful culture,” said Sismo – Pam Schwartzentruber, the chair of Bruce Power’s Native Circle. “I find not everyone in our area is aware of the unique parts of our First Nations and Métis communities.”
The celebration, being held from 10 a.m.-noon, will feature the Saugeen Women’s Drum Group, Native dancers, a display of cultural items, door prizes of beautiful Native collectables, and a picture story from local Aboriginal children featuring why they are proud to be Aboriginal.
The morning will be highlighted with a presentation by renowned archeologist/historian Dr. Bill Fitzgerald. Dr. Fitzgerald has done extensive research locally on historically sensitive sites. He will share his knowledge of Jiibegmegoong (Spirit Place), which is a sacred burial ground located on site, on Ontario Power Generation land.
The event will conclude with traditional cedar tea and cake.
“We want people to take the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture, and experience its richness for themselves,” Pam said. “We urge everyone to use any opportunity they have to come to the B10 auditorium to experience Aboriginal Day.”
Aboriginal Day is hosted by Bruce Power’s Native Circle – a group of about 30 self-identified employees of Aboriginal heritage.