Hundreds of people gathered to watch the Aboriginal Day parade in Burns Lake last week.
The parade was to commemorate National Aboriginal Day, which celebrated annually on June 21. The great energy from the parade was contagious. After the parade, the community gathered at Spirit Square to watch musical performances, eat and listen to the chiefs from the six local First Nations speak.
Babine Forest Products had given out over 750 free hot dogs by 11:30 a.m.
Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief Corrina Leween, who was the master of ceremonies, said that over the past few years there have been substantial improvements that impacted the lives of First Nations, but that there’s still much work to be done. She said community leaders and members need to work together to ensure that the next generation will have access to economic growth while protecting First Nations’ lands and resources. More photos on page 13.