National Aboriginal Day 2007

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 The National Aboriginal Day celebrations keep on growing in Winnipeg. This year, the Manito Ahbee Festival has expanded it’s event at the Red River Ex, the Aboriginal People’s Television Network has added a stage in down town Winnipeg, CBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting the recorded Red Road Music Concert, NCI is hitting up all of the events in town, Strongfront A/V Productions is bringing in acts from New Mexico, the Selkirk Avenue community event is preparing for more guests, and the McPhillips Street Station is opening its doors for another great night of entertainment lead by Ray St. Germain.

To help folks in Winnipeg make the most of their day, we have put together a printable guide to point with the basics for each event.


The events are:

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
LOCATION: 339 Portage Ave. (in the fountain area beside the APTN office)
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
LINEUP: Lucie Idlout, Leela Gilday, Donny Parenteau, the C-Weed Band, Dead Indians, the Asham Stompers (jigging), Hoop Dancer Lisa Odjig, and three Star Catcher finalists
COST: Free

The Aboriginal Express Featuring Ray St. Germain
LOCATION: McPhillips Street Station, 484 McPhillips St.
TIME: 8:00 pm
LINEUP: Ray St. Germain, the Clint Dutiaume Band, Diggers Jiggers (jigging), Hoop Dancer Buffy Handel and a local drum group
COST: Free

The Manito Ahbee Aboriginal Day Pow Wow
LOCATION: Central Park Lawn, Red River Exhibition Park
TIME: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
LINEUP: Drum group competition and Pow Wow dancing competitions
COST: $8 General Admission (Red River Ex)
CONTACT INFO: Joanne Soldier, P: (204) 989 0115, E:
The Star Catcher Talent Contest Finals
LOCATION: Central Park Stage, Red River Exhibition Park
TIME: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
LINEUP: 12 amateur singers from Aboriginal communities in Manitoba with headliners, Leela Gilday, JC Campbell, Tracy Bone, Don Amero and the C-Weed Band
COST: $8 General Admission (Red River Ex)
CONTACT INFO: Derek McCorristor, P: (204) 989 0115, E:

Selkirk Avenue Community Celebration
LOCATION: 470 Selkirk Ave.
TIME: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
LINEUP: Free music and free food
COST: Free
CONTACT INFO: Clayton Sandy, P: (204) 945 8319

Iron Indians: Aboriginal Day After Party
LOCATION: The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort St.
TIME: 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
LINEUP: Peacemaker (reunion show), Ethnic De Generation (New Mexico), Dead Indians, X-Status, Segweh, the English Mocassins, and the Native Model Studio (New Mexico)
COST: $10 at the door
CONTACT INFO: Jesse Green, P: (204) 772 6500. E:

South Beach Casino National Aboriginal Day Celebrations
LOCATION: 30 minutes north of Winnipeg on HWY 59
TIME: 12:00 am (noon) - 5:00 pm
LINEUP: Eagle and Hawk (noon) and Billy Joe Green (3:00 pm)

CBC Radio 2: Red Road Music concert broadcast
STATION: 98.3 FM, Winnipeg
TIME: 8:00 pm
LINEUP: JC Campbell, Tracy Bone, Don Amero, Jared Sowan, and Eagle and Hawk

NCI FM: National Aboriginal Day coverage
STATION: 105.5 FM, Winnipeg
TIME: all day
LINEUP: live hits from most of the celebrations throughout Winnipeg and a live broadcast from the Star Catcher Finals at the Red River Ex

National Aboriginal Day provides all Canadians with an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. It’s held each year on June 21, which is also the summer solstice, a significant day for many Aboriginal groups across the country. This annual celebration was first introduced in 1982 by the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) and was entitled the National Aboriginal Solidarity Day, reflecting the civil rights mantra of the group.

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