Friday June 10, 2016 

Native News

National Aboriginal Day at MCC

Celebrating diverse cultures

Julia Buckingham


n Friday, June 17, Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia (MCC BC) will host an event to celebrate National Aboriginal Day a day designated by the Canadian Government for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis 



MCC BC’s celebratory event will showcase an Aboriginal art collection, and a live wood carving demonstration by Chilliwack-based artist Isadore Charters in the afternoon. There will also be an arts and crafts sale featuring the work of local Indigenous artisans, a silent auction, and activities for children throughout the day.


“This celebration invites people to come and see the beauty and culture of Aboriginal peoples,” says Bridget Findlay, Coordinator of MCC’s Indigenous Neighbours Program.


MCC’s Indigenous Neighbours program strives to build respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. One of our primary ways of doing this is to educate our local community on Indigenous history and facilitate opportunities for them to connect with our Indigenous neighbours.


The event will be held in the main foyer of the MCC Centre, located at 33933 Gladys Avenue, from 10 am to 4 pm. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the rich history and stories of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.


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About Mennonite Central Committee: MCC is a global, non-profit organization that strives to share God’s love and compassion through relief, development and peacebuilding. Through local programs, MCC British Columbia (MCC BC) works to meet needs here at home. We also support MCC’s work in 65 countries around the world by raising funds, mobilizing materials, and providing international workers. 



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