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National Aboriginal Day

Tla’amin First Nation will celebrate National Aboriginal Day tomorrow, Friday, June 20th, with a special event to be held at Chi Chuy Pre-School in Sliammon.

The celebration starts at 11:00 am and will wind up around 2:00 pm, said David Louie, Cultural Director at Sliammon. “We will share music and stories and of course, the drummers will be there,” he said. “Food is being prepared as we speak, and there will be lots to share around.”

David said he looks forward to welcoming visitors the community of Powell River to the event. “Everyone is welcome to attend,” he said. “It is a day to honour our culture and traditions.”

National Aboriginal Day is an annual event that gives everyone an opportunity to pay tribute to the many contributions Aboriginal people have made to Canada. Across the country people will have an opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal people and their contributions towards Canada’s development and progress. First Nations, Metis and Inuit people will showcase their cultures and achievements in communities in every province.

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Feeding Families and Building Community

Get ready Powell River, they’re almost here….

The BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program is launching in 47 communities across BC this June, and Powell River is in!

This innovative, helpful program provides lower-income families and seniors who are enrolled in cooking and skill-building programs with coupons each week to spend at their local Farmers Markets. Participants can use the coupons to purchase eligible products including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, cheese, eggs and fresh cut herbs. Participants then learn how to cook healthy, nutritious meals using locally procured farm products.

So far the program has been received with open arms. Here’s a sampling of some flavourful comments:

“Parents express surprise when their children devour a green salad including over wintered and unfamiliar greens like kale, arugula, and endive gleaned from the Family Place garden,” said a spokesperson from PR Family Place.

“Two mothers in the pregnancy outreach program started crying because they were so happy to be able to feed their kids fresh fruit and vegetables. One other participant said they had never seen or eaten Swiss chard and we were able to give her a recipe so she would know how to prepare it,” said a spokesperson from the Caribou Family Enrichment Centre.

“Lots of moms and elders were amazed how fast and big our community garden grows and how cost saving our garden vegetables are towards their families,” said a spokesperson from Sechelt Indian Band.

The Nutrition Coupon Program starts this week at Powell River’s Open Air – Farmers Market and vendors are getting ready to welcome the new shoppers.

The Open Air Market is held Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and on Sundays from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. See you there!

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