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National Indigenous People’s Day organizers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay welcome donations of traditional foods

Labrador Friendship Centre community outreach worker Patricia Maloney.
Labrador Friendship Centre community outreach worker Patricia Maloney. - Submitted

Maintaining tradition

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — Organizers of the National Indigenous People’s Day are looking for donations of traditional foods such as fish, moose, partridge and rabbit for a food sampling table that will be one of many activities taking place at the event to be held at the College of the North Atlantic in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Thursday, June 21.

Established in 1996 (then called National Aboriginal Day), National Indigenous People’s Day is a Canada-wide celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Metis People.

“This is all about celebrating the Indigenous culture in Labrador,” said Labrador Friendship Centre community outreach worker, Patricia Maloney. “We want people to take the time to honour the traditions here in Labrador and the culture. If people have never tasted something like seal meat, this is a chance for them to do so.”

The Labrador Friendship Centre hosts the event in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, with support from many organizations, Maloney said.

In addition to the traditional food tasting table there will be musical entertainment, face painting and games for the children, prizes and much more.

People are also bringing in traditional crafts and will help people make a craft during their visit.

From flummies to freezies to fish and brewis, the food will also be geared towards young and old alike.

With hundreds of people showing up every year, Maloney said planning starts months before the event takes place.

“Every year that we’ve planned this event, it’s gone over really well. It’s a major success that we start planning for in April,” she said.

Maloney said Indigenous and non-indigenous people will provide the entertainment.

The event is supported by the local community.

“We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our volunteers,” she said.

Although they are accepting donations of traditional food, people have already come onboard to do the cooking and serving at the event that will run from 3-6 p.m.

Food items can be dropped off to Maloney at the Labrador Friendship Centre any time before Tuesday, June 19.

For more information contact Maloney at the Friendship Centre at 709-896-8302, ext. 205.

danette@nl.rogers.com

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