Gitxsan community celebration in Hazelton this Sunday

A chilli cook-off and traditional Gitxsan bone games will be among the activities at a Winter Fun Day in the Hazeltons on Sunday.

A chilli cook-off and traditional Gitxsan bone games will be among the activities at a Winter Fun Day aimed at bringing together communities in the Hazeltons this Sunday.

The second annual event, which is being coordinated by the Indian Residential School Resolution Support Program, will be held at the field adjacent to the Gitanmaax Hall on Highway 62 starting at 11 a.m.

Drumming, singing, tug-of-war games and an afternoon matinee are among the other activities on the program, which organizer Stephanie Morrison said was designed to span generations.

Morrison, who works for the Gitxsan Health Society, said the event brought together youth and elders from the three Gitxsan communities of Gitanmaax, Sik-e-dakh and Kispiox.

“We’re uniting all communities [within] 20 minute drives away,” Morrison said.

“We invite all of the [Gitxsan Health Society] Brighter Future programs to come with us so that means they bring all of their young kids.”

After a successful debut that attracted 70 people in 2014, this year’s event has been expanded to include more activities, such as a matinee screening starting at 3 p.m.

Lahal games, a traditional Gitxsan bone game, will also be held and people are encouraged to bring their slides to make use of the snow on John Field Hill.

Businesses will be donating door-prizes for the event and there will be a $75 cash prize for winner of the chilli cook-off.

Hotdogs and hot chocolate will be available and a campfire will be burning to keep the cold at bay.

For more information contact Stephanie Morrison or Cindy Martin on 250-842-6876.

 

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