Friday, June 18, 2010

Hopedale & Nain Aboriginal Day Events

Aboriginal Day is this Monday, June 21st, the longest day of the year.

Communities along the coast have events planned for their residents.

In Nain, the celebration kicks off at 8am with an opening prayer and an elder’s breakfast for seniors ages 55 and over.

Throughout the day a fishing contest will be held, with prizes for the biggest, smallest and most fish.

Register on Monday at 8am by calling Big Land Grocery.

From 11am to 3pm there will be an Internet Café where residents can enjoy some refreshments.

Also from 2 to 3pm the Rosetta Stone program will be available for anyone who wishes to learn some Inuttittut.

Local entertainment will start at 6pm at the arena, as well as the community barbecue.

The event will end with a community cook-off; residents will have to cook a traditional meal.

Judging will take place at the arena.

Hopedale will also host an Aboriginal Day Celebration.

Martha Winters-Abel will start the day off with an opening prayer at 3pm.

Followed by a speech from Christine Vincent and AngajukKâk, Judy Dicker.

The residents will then parade through town.

An Inuttitut Speak-Off/Singing or Throat Singing will be held at 3:30.
One prize will be awarded; a handmade dickie made by Nellie Winters.

A scavenger hunt is also on the agenda for the day.

At 6:30 a traditional dress contest will be held.

The winner will receive a pair of handmade mitts and slippers, courtesy of Sarah Jensen.

The event will end with a community barbecue and sanamajuk making contest.

Ingredients will be provided.

Be sure to attend the festivities.

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