Save the date: A special day of Indigenous cultural ceremonies to mark National Aboriginal Day
Canada Games Council – Centennial Flame from 1967 Pan Am Games re-ignited
We hope you’ll plan to attend ONE or ALL of Indigenous cultural ceremonies on June 21, 2017!
This is a historic opportunity for local and national media.
The ceremonies performed throughout the day on June 21 have not been filmed since 1951; they have been hidden from public view since then as these ceremonies were considered illegal under the Indian Act.
The Elders and Grandmothers – whose role is to offer cultural guidance to the Host Society – believe the time has come to share these important cultural traditions with all people.
The Centennial Flame on Memorial Blvd in Winnipeg has not been lit since the end of the 1967 Pan Am Games. 50 years later, the flame will be re-ignited and will remain lit until the end of the Games.There will also be a gesture of reconciliation to honour the “Front Runners” from 1967 Pan Am Games.
SACRED FIRE CEREMONY
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Bannock Point Petroforms
Whiteshell Provincial Park, MB
(approx.. 150 km east of Winnipeg)
CENTENNIAL TORCH LIGHTING CEREMONY
2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Centennial Torch on Memorial Boulevard
IGNITE THE SPIRIT CEREMONY
3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
Pool of the Black Star
Manitoba Legislative Building
Broadway Ave, Winnipeg
Click here to see the Media Alert
Click here to see the Backgrounder
For media inquiries, please contact:
Media Relations Consultant
2017 Canada Summer Games
Communications Coordinator / Coordonnateur des communications
Canada Games Council / Conseil des Jeux du Canada
701-2197 promenade Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X3
Téléphone/Phone: 613.526.2320 (ext. 2708)