The Shatford Centre will celebrate Indigenous People with the Indigenous Day Pow Wow on June 21st.
This year marks the third celebration at the Shatford Centre, however it was formerly called Aboriginal Day.
Last year’s event, including a mini powwow, entertainment from the Highwater Drum Group, craft vendors, children’s festivities and much more, was a great success.
This time around several organizations are bringing the community celebration together: En’owkin Centre, Indigenous Education-School District 67, Ooknakane Friendship Centre, Okanagan College, Penticton Historical Society, South Okanagan Restorative Justice and the Shatford Centre.
All are contributing their time and resources for this event.
There will be dancers, drumming, an official opening, face painting, art activities and food trucks. School groups are also making plans to be on the front lawn of the Shatford Centre and Pen High.
If you are planning to attend, please bring your own lawn chairs and work out your parking arrangements early as Shatford parking will be for the elders. There are also plans to have a tent for elders and a tent for the dancers.
The event is for all ages and will run from 11 am to 4:30 pm.
A wonderful project that has been unfolding around Indigenous Day is the gathering of photographs to remember this historic community event. Museum officials tell us that photos without names and context can be beautiful however aren’t generally used for archives. Karen Collins, who is an historian with indigenous roots, is overseeing the gathering of names of participants which will be captured on film, this year by Alison Reigh.
Last year, great efforts were made to photograph the event and the participants with beautiful regalia by professional photographer, Joe LeBeau of Hashmark Photography.
With his photographs, a lovely power point presentation was created by summer student, Larae Wycotte with the assistance of Karen Collins, who carefully posted the names of the participants.
There was also a wonderful video produced by Wayne McDougall of Shaw Cable showcasing the event. These are valued community treasures for the Penticton Museum and Archives, the En’owkin Centre, School District 67 and the Shatford Centre.