National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Updated: Apr 7

BY ALEXANDER GATENSBY



June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples day, and it’s second year running as a statutory holiday.


The moring of June 21st before Noon, locals and tourists alike gathered behind the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre at the fire pit, where Elder Dianne Smith kicked off the event with an opening prayer. MCs Teagyn Vallevand and Judy Gingell encouraged everybody to chant “Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!” followed by a “Hoo HA!” before the crowd gathered inside the centre, where several leaders from around the Yukon spoke on the history and importance of this holiday.


“It is the day that we must stop and acknowledge our ancestors who continue to watch over us each and every day, and who make tremendous and undeniable impacts on this territories history.” Says Chief Dorris Bill in her speech. “it is a day we must give thanks and remembrance to all First Nations veterans for the many sacrifices they made for our country and our freedoms.”

Would you like to join us, write stories, or produce exciting new content for our new online journal?

Contact us using the button below; You will gain access to write your story, add photos, video and submit right from your browser.

Shakat Connects
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn

ShakatMedia is a media company focusing on photography services, video services, and graphic design to serve Northern communities.

404 B Ogilvie Street,
Whitehorse,Yukon, Y1A 2S4
• More Than Words

Yukon community services and groups dedicated to assist and support Yukon citizens.