National Aboriginal Day

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National Aboriginal Day on Victoria Island, Ottawa

National Abo­rig­i­nal Day on Vic­to­ria Island, Ottawa

National Abo­rig­i­nal Day is a day for all Cana­di­ans to cel­e­brate the cul­tures and con­tri­bu­tions to Canada of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

In Ottawa, most of the cel­e­bra­tions took place on Vic­to­ria Island, in the mid­dle of the Ottawa River. It was a great chance to hear some per­form­ers, browse a vari­ety of crafts and enjoy the atmosphere.

As an “almost Cana­dian” cit­i­zen, I enjoy learn­ing about all aspects of this country’s cul­ture. I must admit that Ottawa isn’t usu­ally the best place to dis­cover Aboriginal’s cul­ture so this was a great oppor­tu­nity. I strongly believe that we, new­com­ers, need to acknowl­edge this won­der­ful cul­ture and its con­tri­bu­tion to Canada. There is a long his­tory of prej­u­dices and stereo­types in Canada and it’s also up to us to make it change. So cel­e­brate Abo­rig­i­nal culture!

I would also like to rec­om­mend a great blog I have been read­ing for a lit­tle while now: Urban Native Girl Stuff’s. The author, Lisa, is Tsilhqot’in and a Chero­kee Dutch/Mexican girl cur­rently liv­ing in Toronto. Her blog aim at “dis­pelling myths and stereo­types about Indige­nous North Amer­i­cans; to sup­port and cel­e­brate the artis­tic endeav­ors by Indige­nous peo­ple”. She is also a pop cul­ture fan — basi­cally, you can not not like her!

Little Dolls

Lit­tle Dolls

Little Boxes

Lit­tle Boxes

Totem Pole

Totem Pole

Animal Skin

Ani­mal Skin

Making The Crafts

Mak­ing The Crafts

Bear Sculpture

Bear Sculp­ture

Violon Player

Vio­lon Player

Aurora Finkle and Her Father

Aurora Fin­kle and Her Father

Feeding The Crowd!

Feed­ing The Crowd!

Relaxing...

Relax­ing…

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

16 Comments

  1. love the tipi! stayed in one for a week­end in Wales of all places and can say it was the best hol­i­day i think i’ve ever had.

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