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Prince George raises flags for UHNBC Traditional Drummers Week

The official week will culminate in a three-year celebration on Saturday at UHNBC
UHNBC drummers as well as Coun. Susan Scott and Tim Bennett attended the official flag raising on March 21.

It’s officially UHNBC Prince George Traditional Drummers Week in the city. 

Yesterday the flag was raised at both City Hall and Mr. PG to declare the week UHNBC Prince George Traditional Drummers Week in honour of the group.

On March 6, 2020 in the early days of the pandemic, UHNBC drummers was formed by Ivan Paquette and Wesley Mitchell, who led drumming at UHNBC for 47 days straight.

After that initial stretch, the group began hosting an open drum circle, rain or shine, at UHNBC every Monday night.

Over the past three years UHNBC drummers have not only been supporting healthcare works but many community events in the city.

“For the past three years the drumming group, regardless of weather, have spent Monday evenings in front of UHNBC spreading love, healing and support to front line workers and those friends, family and neighbours recovering inside,” said Coun. Tim Bennett, who attended the flag raising.

“In addition to their time at UHNBC they are at many different events throughout our community spreading the message of love and healing. The sound of the drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth.”

UHNBC drummers will be hosting a three-year celebration event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UHNBC parking lot at 144 Edmonton Street.

The goal is provide a fun and safe event to acknowledge healthcare heroes including nurses, doctors, first responders, long term care staff, RCMP, and firefighters.