Digawolf, Yellowknives Dene Drummers highlight Yellowknife’s Canada Day celebration

Photo courtesy of Digawolf

Yellowknife-based, Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards-winning band Digawolf as well as the Yellowknives Dene Drummers are among the performers who will take to the stage at Sombe K’e Civic Plaza for the City of Yellowknife’s Canada Day celebration on Monday.

Also offered beside city hall on Chief Drygeese Territory for the first time this year will be the Blanket Exercise.

The city states in a news release that this activity teaches the history of Indigenous people on Turtle Island (North America), during 500 years of colonialism.

This is an interactive, hour long activity followed by a dialogue on the experience.

The Blanket Exercise will be held at 9 a.m. in the lobby of City Hall, is free to the public but is by registration only.

Blanket Exercise photo courtesy of City of Yellowknife

There will also be food vendors and family-friendly activities including bouncy castles, face painting and balloon art from 12 noon until 6 p.m.

This annual, free event has been a longstanding tradition in Yellowknife and brings the entire community together.

There will be a variety of other performers and activities, including Wesley Hardisty, Yellowknife Southern Cameroon Cultural Association, Bella Beats, Johnny Cole, Flora and the Fireweeds, Welders Daughter

“Enjoying Canada Day together as a community, in the beautiful Somba K’e Civic Plaza, is a wonderful way to celebrate our vibrant and multicultural city” said Yellowknife Mayor, Rebecca Alty.

Visit www.yellowknife.ca/canadaday for the schedule of events, the Blanket Exercise registration details and volunteer information.


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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.