After three years of being away, Doig Day returned to the Doig River First Nation Thursday.
The annual event, sidelined by the pandemic, featured displays, demonstrations, drumming and music which highlighted the culture and history of the Dane-zaa.
“It’s really important to have it back again. We love to share our culture," said chief Trevor Makadahay. “It’s really about education and teaching people from our local communities and schools about who we are.”
Grade 4 students from across School District 60 were among those invited to the four-hour celebration.
Peace River North MLA Dan Davies believes it's also important for those outside of the First Nations community to share in the celebration.
“These are our neighbours. Having an event like this, after a two-year hiatus, it’s really nice to be back. To see the children walk around, to see them experiencing the culture, the hands-on displays."
“It is really important that we do understand our past and for youth to understand the indigenous culture that we have,” Davies added..
Taylor mayor Rob Fraser agrees.
“These events are fantastic for the region and anytime we have a cultural event that brings the children together, really, anybody together, to learn and understand about each other’s cultures is a bonus.”
“You can’t help but come away with a smile because of the smiles you see on the kids’ faces. It just warms your heart.”