UNDRIP codifies "Indigenous historical grievances, contemporary challenges and socio-economic, political and cultural aspirations" and is the "culmination of generations-long efforts by Indigenous organizations to get international attention, to secure recognition for their aspirations, and to generate support for their political agendas.
National Indigenous Day is a special day to celebrate the First Peoples of Canada and the heritage, diversity and culture that they have. It was first celebrated in 1996 after years of lobbying by the Aboriginal peoples of Canada (Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples). Originally the Aboriginal peoples had hoped for a national statutory holiday recognizing their unique place in Canada's history however this didn't happen. It may happen in years to come.
I hadn't been to John Henry Park (otherwise known as Trout Lake) for a good many years. I used to go there for the celebrations on June 21st and also from time to time for Farmer's Markets. This year I invited a friend to join me. I thought it was time she have an opportunity to see a pow-wow (traditional dancing celebration and competition). It turns out they no longer have a big pow-wow and even though they had a mini pow-wow we missed it entirely. My friend had to go to a seminar earlier in the day. By the time we got to the park a good many activities had already wound up for the day. Though a number of booths were still up most of them were packing up for the day.
I managed to capture some photos of lazy, sunny late afternoon.
There were ducks on the lake.
Watching them paddle around gave me a feeling of peace and tranquility on such a lovely day.
The canoes looked beautiful against the water and greenery.
I enjoyed this lady's leggings with the printed West Coast Aboriginal ovoid forms.
Later in the evening there was a big stage where some national and USA entertainers would perform. We didn't get a chance to stay for the entertainment. We were only there for the first few minutes of the rap duo (on the stage in the photo below) from La Belle Province (Quebec)
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