WINNIPEG – Hundreds gathered at City Hall this afternoon for National Aboriginal Day.
It’s an annual event that celebrates the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples of Canada.
Mayor Brian Bowman says the occasion should resonate with all Canadians.
“It’s an important day for all Indigenous people, all Canadians, from every single background. That’s the message that should go out to Canadians today.”
Those in attendance also had the opportunity to participate in smudging and the ceremony included a prayer from elder Carol Moore.
Bowman reflected on how the event reminded him of his childhood.
“It really touches me and it moves me because, when I was younger, I too did the Red River jig for my grandparents. That was the prerequisite to being able to eat Sunday night dinner.”
The annual event celebrates Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.