REPORTING · 19th June 2012
The Haisla Nation celebrated Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 16th by holding a gathering at the Recreation Centre in Kitamaat Village.
“This is our First Annual Haisla Aboriginal Day Celebration. We’re recognizing Aboriginal Day. It’s never been recognized here,” said Shelley Bolton.
After a welcoming from one of the Elders, entertainment started from performers in the Band. Among those scheduled was the local dance group, The Spirit of the Kitlope.
First Nations Artists were also present to display their talent, sell some of their art and display their carving techniques. Food venders also came out and included a group of Haisla Elders selling Barbecued Fish.
Bolton stated she hoped to do this again next year.
Haisla Elder Louise Barbetti opened the celebration with her drum
Kody Kermode and Nicole Brazeau
Local Artist Gary Wilson and his home made boxes and carvings
Eagle man Monti Braun of the Gitzan brought his carvings down to Kitimat