While National Aboriginal Day isn’t a statutory holiday here, as it is in the Northwest Territories, it’s still going to be a grand celebration. Expect to see close to 30,000 people converging at the Forks for a Competition Pow Wow, skateboard competition, kids activities and the evening’s televised concert.
“We do have a range of artists on our stage. We have some that are at the beginning of their career and we have artists that are seasoned,” Sky Bridges, APTN COO, says. This is the 9th annual event produced by APTN, and this year they’re featuring a special collaboration between Brett Kissel and Don Amero, who co-wrote a song especially for this event.
“There’s also going to be a stage with entertainers scheduled throughout the day,” Bridges says, “so during the day, it’s really just a great big celebration that ultimately will lead up to the live broadcast of the music show.”
Both daytime competitions - the skateboard demos and competition, and the powwow - promise a range of prizes for competitors, and top-notch entertainment for onlookers. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chair to guarantee a seat at the powwow.
Those who can’t make it out can enjoy the concert from home on APTN, along with the broadcast of their twin stage in Edmonton.