From the tiniest to the eldest dancers, the 24th annual Chief Will-Yum Father’s Day Powwow held at the Chief Will-Yum arbour and camp ground and hosted by the Williams Lake Indian Band over the weekend was a colourful and moving event bringing First Nations families together from around the region and beyond.
This tiny dancer, Maison Supernault, 4, showed amazing stamina Sunday as he participated in dance after dance throughout the afternoon including the final men’s dance. Birthdays were celebrated, fathers, mothers, friendships and accomplishments were recognized and honoured, princesses were crowned and many traditions were observed.
Today, June 21, is national Aboriginal Day. There will be a parade from the Elks Hall down First Avenue and along Oliver Street to Boitanio Park followed by fun for families and children in Boitanio Park until 2:30 p.m.
There will also be activities at Thompson Rivers University in the Gathering Place and fields behind the university from 10 a.m. to about 7:30 p.m. Lehal, traditional powwow dancing, a fashion show, and displays are some events.