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PHOTOS: Prince George celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Prince George community celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day with warmth today (June 21). 

People of all ages came to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park to mark the occasion, which was filled with food, works of art, booths and other activities. 

The opening ceremony featured speeches by Lheidli T’enneh Chief Clay Pountney, Regional Chief Terry Teegee, Mayor Lyn Hall and MLAs Mark Morris and Shirley Bond. 

"Today, we're here about three things," Chief Pountney says. "First of all, recognizing it's National Indigenous Day across Canada. It's good to know we live in a time of reconciliation and as Lheidli T’enneh, we are using this time to form partnerships to further our nation. Second is to look at today furthermore on the partnership piece. We've been working a lot with Mayor Lyn Hall. We've also been working a lot with the regional district and also, we've been working a lot with the hardest working MLAs here, which would be Shirley Bond and Mike Morris. The third reason we have to celebrate today is the summer solstice. So this begins the times where families have barbecues, to river floats, to lake floats, whatever you do in your spare time to decompress."