Doreen Patrick of the Nazko Band uses traditional methods to create a pair of mini mocassins during Aboriginal History Week at CNC. Karen Powell photo

Aboriginal History Week celebrates First Nations culture at CNC

Smudging ceremonies, bannock making and more at Quesnel’s college this week

This week is Aboriginal History Week at Quesnel’s College of New Caledonia campus.

The celebrations kicked off yesterday with a smudging ceremony, and continues today with bannock-making, beading demonstrations and a presentation on traditional plant use.

Wednesday and Thursday’s events will include a First Nations craft sale, a Pow Wow dance demonstration, and more.

The celebration aims to recognize the thousands of years of history of the First Nations in British Columbia.

“We must celebrate our past as well as our future because the two are intertwined,” says CNC director of Aboriginal Education, Marlene Erickson.

“Aboriginal communities are thriving today and that is certainly something to celebrate.”

“Aboriginal culture is an important aspect of our campus,” says CNC Quesnel Regional Principal Morgan Ross.

“We are excited to welcome the community to celebrate the Aboriginal history and culture in this region.”

Aboriginal History Week schedule

March 12 – 10:00 am – Smudging – outside atrium

10:30 am – Leather/Beading medicine bags and mini-moccasins – Room T108

Noon – Carrier history and culture presentation – Room S205

March 13 – 10:00 am – Bannock making demo – kitchen area

10:30 am – Leather/Beading medicine bags and mini-moccasins – Room T108

Noon – Traditional plant use presentation – Room S205

March 14 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – First Nation Vendors Crafts for Sale – Atrium

11:30 am – Food vendor bannock tacos and chili – Cafeteria area

Noon – Pow Wow Dance Demonstration – Atrium

March 15 – 10:00 am – Smudging – Outside atrium

10:30 am – Leather/Beading medicine bags and mini-moccasins – Room T108

Noon – Community lunch with First Nations guests

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