North Central Manitoba – September, 2013 - The Thompson
National Aboriginal Day (NAD) Organizing Committee was recently nominated for a
Manitoba Tourism Award in the Aboriginal Tourism category. These awards, presented
by the Minister of Culture, Heritage & Tourism recognize excellence in the
promotion and delivery of quality tourism experiences in Manitoba. Award
finalists are acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to the
provincial tourism industry.
The organizing committee was selected as a finalist for their efforts to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people through the annual National Aboriginal Day celebration in downtown Thompson. This event has grown over the years to an estimated 1,000 participants throughout the course of the day, with many of those being visitors to Thompson from the surrounding area.
There are about 40 volunteers involved, plus many many partners. Because of the dedicated NAD organizing committee, June 21st in Thompson is a day for positivity and celebration, where music & laughter can be heard blocks away from the celebration site. Every aspect of the day is themed around celebrating culture, the event begins with a sunrise ceremony at 5:30 am. A tipi, tents and platform are set up at the celebration site, the morning includes kids events and at noon, in the spirit of feasting - a community BBQ is held. The afternoon begins with the Grand Entry, greetings and launch of the Thompson Aboriginal Accord progress report, then comes entertainment, talent show, traditional adult games and contests (jigging, log sawing, goose calling, moose calling, trap setting, etc.). The up-and-coming Aboriginal Art Centre for Northern MB has become a welcome partner that is present during the day, visitors will find a variety of local artists with their work on display and for sale. The evening includes more entertainment, the Soaring Eagle Awards, retiring of the flags and most years a spectacular fireworks display. All events are free to attend and open to all.
This year’s award finalists will be honoured at the annual award celebration, scheduled to take place September 30th in Winnipeg. For a complete list of finalists please visit www.manitobatourismawards.com.
The nomination was put forward by Community Futures North Central Development (CFNCD). CFNCD coordinates Tourism North efforts in northern Manitoba, a regional tourism association with the goal in mind of positioning northern Manitoba as a quality tourist destination. For more information on either of these organizations, visit www.northcentraldevelopment.ca or www.visitnorthernmanitoba.ca.