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Afro-culture displayed in Fort Nelson

Three-day event by NWT-based association billboarded as food, fun, and knowledge
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Logo of NWT-based Arctic Afro Cultural Association

It’s called the Northern Diversity Series and the community of Fort Nelson will play host to the three-day event this weekend.

Held three times before, it’s the brain child of the Northwest Territories-based Arctic Afrocultural Association, a group that reaches out to transplanted Africans, including those of Caribbean descent, who have made the North their new home.

It’s also an added way for the group to showcase the diverse heritages that exist in the African community in music, food, and traditions.

“We apply for funding each year through Heritage Canada,” said the AACA’s Benedict Atta. 

“We then choose one community from the north, after discussion with the board.”

Similar events have already been held in Fort Simpson, Hay River, and Yellowknife.

Atta, who’s from west Africa, said the group is a great way to connect with other Africans and similar cultures in otherwise remote communities in this part of the country.

“We also invite other people, other cultures, to get to know us better, the First Nations that we are living with. So, that is why we decided to start this association and display our cultures to others.”

The all-ages event, which will include feature seminars and film screenings, is free of charge.

“We will actually have a Brazilian show Friday and Saturday,” added Atta.

And, no cultural event would be complete without food.

In fact, the association is touting it as “food, fun, and knowledge.’”

It takes place in the gymnasium at Fort Nelson Secondary Friday from 4 p.m. until 8:30, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, for three hours, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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