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.
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.