Busy weekend ahead-Hospital Day, Aboriginal Day, Hiellen Longhouse Village opening, etc.

  • Jun. 19, 2014 7:00 p.m.

With Hospital Day, Aboriginal Day, and the grand opening of the Hiellen Longhouse Village all taking place this weekend, it’s sure to be busy on Haida Gwaii! Hospital DayHospital Day is Saturday in Queen Charlotte, marking the longest community holiday on the islands, going since 1908. The day starts with a pancake breakfast at 8 am and then moves into a parade 10:30 am, which runs down Oceanview drive and ends at the community hall. Slowpitch, music, and even a dunk tank and more will all be part of the festivities throughout the day. Then, a salmon and steak dinner at 4:30 pm and an adult dance at 10 pm. Aboriginal DayAboriginal Day celebrations happen in both Skidegate and Old Massett. In Skidegate, (at the Kay Centre) the event starts at 11 am on Saturday with singing of the Haida national anthem. Soon after, a fried bread lunch will be served among many other delicious foods. Between lunch and 4 pm, there’ll be children’s activities, as well as a tour of the totem poles and canoes at the centre. In Old Massett, there are activities both Saturday and Sunday. They include paddle boarding, soccer and face paintng, as well as an amazing race, between 3 and 5 pm. Check for posters on the weekend’s activities.Hiellen Longhouse VillageOn Sunday, between 2-4 pm, the grand opening of the Hiellen Longhouse will take place, as well as the unveiling of the Tow Hill boardwalk signs and two new totem poles. From 3-4 pm there will be a market selling food and crafts. And from 5-6 pm there will be a salmon BBQ dinner. There will be a shuttle between Agate and Tow Hill for those who would like to park at Agate. And finally, on Saturday at the Old Massett Community Hall, it’s Haida Grad, where graduates from elementary, high school, and post-secondary school will be celebrated. Lunch will held at noon and the celebration will carry on from 12-4 pm. Further information for Aboriginal Day can be found by calling Kay Llnagaay at 559-7885, or Old Massett Village Council at 626-3337. CBCAnd don’t forget (see story below), the CBC will be broadcasting from the Heritage Centre in Skidegate from noon until 2 pm on Friday, and 6 am (yes, 6 am) until 9 am on Saturday.The summer is starting with a ka-bang. Enjoy!

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