M’akola Development Services has partnered with Indigenous perspectives and five other non-profit organizations to celebrate National Aboriginal day on June 21, 2015. The event was the first annual Aboriginal Day celebration held in Langford at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Throughout the day entertainment was provided by Qwulshemut Dancers, Young Girls singers and dancers, spoken-word poetry by Janet Rogers and lastly, Running Wolves Drum group.
This event focused on families. Kids were able to play at the water park, enjoy a free snow cone provided by M’akola and have their face painted with amazing detail and design. In addition, a variety of vendors attended the event featuring activities such as: ring toss games, traditional clothing and art booths, loonie/toonie auction, craft stations, BBQ lunch and traditional bannock, and so much more.
M’akola set up an informational booth and was inviting attendees to receive a free tool kit if they were able to take a chance and win a card game. There were four lucky winners in total. Overall, the M’akola staff had a great time being immersed in culture, food and music and we are already looking forward to next year!
View our photos taken throughout the day below.
Partners included: Indigenous Perspectives Society, Metis Nation of Greater Victoria, M’akola Housing, Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services, NIL/TU,O Child and Family Services Society, Hulitan Family and Community Services Society, and Island Metis Family and Community Services Society.