On Sunday, June 17th 2018, members of Humans for Peace Institution (HPI) Ms. Soumya Aboulmachail, VP for Public Affairs and Mr. Eric Purdie, IT Director joined in the celebration of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people with their 5th annual Ottawa Aboriginal Parade Day 2018, held on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation, honoring the rich and beautiful cultures that make up the Indigenous mosaic of Turtle Island.
MC and Grand Marshall, Mukwoh Jordan Wade Land welcomed the 200+ participants to the opening ceremonies which featured a prayer from the Elders Barbara Ann Cayer (Kitigan Zibi), Algonquin First Nation, a warrior song performer by Drummer Robert Lazore (Akwesasne) and a speech from Mayor Jim Watson.
The parade started from the Garden of the Provinces and Territories marching up Wellington St, passing by the Canadian parliament, down on Elgin Street, then right on Laurier Ave., and right back on Bay Street to the initial starting point where the closing ceremonies were held.
Canada’s National Aboriginal Day on June 21 is about overcoming struggle and for Aboriginal people to recognize each other for who they are.
Miigwech - Thank you!
#ottawaNADparade, #NationalAboriginalDay, #YouthEmpowerment.