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Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Bell Park tomorrow

Singer Susan Aglukark headlines day's events
Thursday, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day across Canada, and Sudbury will be celebrating with a number of events during the day. (File)

Tomorrow is National Indigenous Peoples Day across Canada, and Sudbury will be celebrating along with communities across the country.

The N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre is hosting festivities, the highlight for many being a concert by musician Susan Aglukark at Grace Hartman Amphitheatre.

“Susan Aglukark is truly one of Canada’s most significant cultural treasures. Apart from being a beautiful singer and powerful songwriter, she provides a significant view to the culture of our northern communities. She is an inspiration to humanity,” said Deane Cameron, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.

The N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre annually hosts the event and concert at Grace Hartman Amphitheatre to foster unity and fellowship among residents of the City of Greater Sudbury. 

This year the event will also host a mini pow-wow in partnership with Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services. Opening ceremonies kick off at 12 p.m. tomorrow, with a mini pow-wow from 1-4 p.m. 

Musical entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. with entertainers Susan Aglukark, Jace Martin, Elijah and The Backburners, JoPo & the RiZe, Lisa Marie Naponse and Matt James.

“The day provides a great opportunity to discover and learn the rich diverse culture and heritage of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people,” said Olivia Parry, who chaired the organizing committee.

“I’m very honoured to be part of such an exciting and important event in Sudbury. This year will have great entertainment not to mention great music, food and laughs."

Admission is free for all attendees and everyone is welcome to attend.