For immediate release
June 20, 2020
Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day on Sunday, June 21 with an online celebration that starts at noon. The celebration will be live streamed on Facebook.
The online celebration will include a flag raising ceremony, a virtual talent and jigging contest, and more. Anyone can view the live stream online here.
June 21 is a significant day for Indigenous peoples as its National Indigenous Peoples Day as well as the summer solstice. Last year was the first time the National Indigenous Peoples Day flag was raised and flown at Thompson’s City Hall. There had never been an Indigenous flag raised at city hall before 2019.
“For Indigenous people, seeing the flag raised helps us feel proud of our identity. It is important that our contributions are recognized and the flag raising event is a positive step towards reconciliation,” said Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “This is a step towards building more awareness of Indigenous cultures in Thompson.”
“Indigenous people have a vital impact to the North,” stated Grand Chief Settee. “I want to encourage everyone to keep working together in a good way, not just today but every day of the year. Working together, we can build a brighter future for all Northern citizens. I wish everyone a happy Indigenous Peoples Day and first day of summer!”
For more information:
Melanie Ferris, MKO Communications
Email: [email protected]