Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

Where? Fort Smith Arena Grounds
When? June 21st, 2022

Schedule of Events

10:00 AM
Opening Ceremony with remarks Chief Poitras
Elder’s Prayer
Lighting the fire ceremony

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Treaty payments & SCIS Intake

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Games, bouncy house, face painting, and more.
1st and 2nd Cash Prizes for each event. Treat bag for all children who participate

Games for ages 5-8Games for ages 9-12
Egg & Spoon Race
Giant Bowling
Sack Race
3-legged Race
Toilet Paper Toss
Sticky Darts

12:00 PM – Drum Dancing Demonstration
Dene Drummers and Dancers

1:00 PM Afternoon Feast
Stew, Bannock, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Salad, Corn on the cob

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
STEM Activities with Aurora Research Center

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Games aged 13-17
Scavenger Hunt – 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $150
Putting contest – 1st prize $100, 2nd prize $50
Egg Toss (Teams) – 1st prize $200, 2nd prize $100

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Talent Show – ages 16+ Pre-registration by 12pm required
Category 1: Music – 1st prize $750, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250
Category 2: Dance – 1st prize $750, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250

Hand Games (men only) – ages 18+ Pre-registration by 12pm required
1st place team – $100 per team member
2nd place team – $50 per team member

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Community Drum Dance at the Arena


Thank you to all sponsors and volunteers:
Town of Fort Smith, Fort Smith Métis Council, Smith’s Landing First Nation, Government of the NWT and Federal Government.

Special thanks to our community businesses for the donations of cash and prize money!

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