National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly known as National Aboriginal Day, celebrations will take place at the Friendship Centre Hall from noon until 4 p.m. on June 21.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau changed the name of the holiday last year.
National Indigenous Day celebrates the heritage and contributions of Indigenous peoples to society.
“Throughout the rest of the year [the Friendship Centre deals] with a lot of intense issues so this is a great way to step away from that and put our best foot forward and celebrate what is good about our nations,” alcohol and drug facilitator at the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Mel Bazil said.
There will be moose calling, soapberry whipping and bannock making contests at this year’s event. They will also have traditional storytelling and performances from pow wow dancers Kelsey and Bella Rain Abraham, the Ewik’ Hiyah Hozdli Drum Group and the Muheim School drummers.
The library will have a face painting tent for all ages outside of the hall as well as a collection of books and DVDs that are about or by Indigenous authors or topics inside.
“To support an opportunity for people to experience cross cultural education is really in line with what libraries are all about,” library director Wendy Wright said. “People come to the library not only to learn from books and DVDs but also from each other.”