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    Jun 16, 2015

    10 Reasons To Come Celebrate National Aboriginal Day At Trout Lake

    Still deciding what to do this Sunday? Here are ten reasons why you should make your way to East Vancouver and join the celebrations for National Aboriginal Day - June 21, 2015

    1. It's Free!

    This is a family-oriented, community celebration with activities for everyone. Best part is, you don’t have to pay for a thing! Bring the kids and the elders for a fun-filled day jam-packed with things to do.

    2. You’ll Get to Ride in a Canoe

    How cool is that?! With two expected canoes this year, you’ll get a chance to experience Trout Lake in a way you’ve never been able to before.

    3. You’ll Get to Watch Some Fabulous Dancers

    Dancers from coast to coast will be performing traditional and modern dance. From the Red River Jig to the hoop dance, you’ll be left awestruck at the beauty and talent showcased by this year’s performers!

    4. The Music Will Be Awesome

    And boy is that an understatement…

    It’s a concert in the park, with a whole list of talented musicians expected - like Sister Says and Sherryl Sewepegaham! Bring a blanket and prepare to sit back, relax, and enjoy.

    5. The Food Will Be Delicious

    What’s a community celebration without food?

    There will be an awesome feast for the whole family, kindly catered by Cedar Feast House, Rainbow Ice Cream, and The Elders Program from the Friendship Centre. Oh and of course: “don’t panic - there will be bannock!”

    6. You’ll Get to Watch an Artist Demo

    Bring the kids – they’ll have a lot of fun learning and trying new techniques as they complete their own masterpiece to take home!

    7. It's a Great Place to Take Dad

    Remember, this Sunday is also Father's Day - which is perfect because NAD loves dads. Skip the expensive brunch menu and head to the Friendship Centre for pancakes and a good walk up to Trout Lake. Nothing will make him more happy than some good eats and great fun!

    8. You Can Try Yoga

    It’s the longest day of the year so you might as well get your body moving. Why not try something new - like yoga! June McCue is a dedicated yoga practitioner of Ned’u’ten and Irish descent. In her sessions she shares Indigenous, western and eastern teachings on well-being. Class starts at 1:00PM so bring those stretchy yoga pants!

    9. You’ll Get Some Cool Stuff

    There will be a bunch of community tents sharing info and doing their thing. There will also be lots of vendors selling amazing stuff, so bring that list of gifts you need to buy - this will be the place to shop!

    10. There Will Be Storytelling

    A Haida storyteller along with the Vancouver Public Library will be leading this activity. Make sure you bring your kids so they don’t miss out on this unforgettable cultural experience of tales inside tipis!

    See you there!

    Let's gather together on Coast Salish territories and celebrate the changing of the seasons while learning about the diversity of our First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.

    With a talented lineup of artists and performers, a full day of fun is planned for this year's National Aboriginal Day at Trout Lake!

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