Concerts, games and barbecues planned for Canada Day
Communities across Inuit Nunangat are marking the July 1 holiday in unique ways
Most communities across Inuit Nunangat are marking Canada Day with concerts, games and barbecues.
Artists and musicians will be in the spotlight honouring Inuit culture and tradition as part of the country’s 156th anniversary.
Meanwhile at least one community — Puvirnituq in Nunavik — has cancelled its celebrations for a third time in response to the discoveries starting in 2021 of unmarked graves across the country’s former residential school sites.
For those looking to celebrate the occasion, here are some Canada Day events to participate in.
The City of Iqaluit is hosting multiple events to mark the day on July 1. They include:
- A Canada Day parade beginning at noon at the Arctic Winter Games arena;
- A concert and civic ceremony with performers including Silla, the Driveliners, and Crook the Kid as part of the Alianait Arts Festival at the Canadian North tent beginning at 12:30 p.m.;
- A chili handout with the fire department starting at 1:15 p.m. at Iqaluit Square.
For more information and a complete list of events, visit the City of Iqaluit’s social media pages.
Baker Lake will commemorate Canada Day with games and a get-together at the community hall beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, according to recreation co-ordinator Nathan Annaut.
The hamlet will be giving out eight to 10 bicycles to kids in the community as well as two Calm Air tickets as a door prize.
Annaut said he is working to host a marathon and community barbecue as well, but those events are unconfirmed as of Wednesday afternoon. Baker Lake residents looking for more information can contact the hamlet office.
People in Rankin Inlet can celebrate the day through multiple events hosted by the hamlet. This includes:
- A Canada Day parade with the fire department beginning at noon;
- A community barbecue at the recreation hall at 12:30 p.m.;
- A styrofoam boat race and kids’ bike race at the Williamson Lake at 1 p.m.
The hamlet will celebrate on July 1 with more than a half-dozen events including a barbecue, cake decorating contest, scavenger hunt and face painting beginning at 1 p.m.
All the events will take place outside the community hall, at the baseball diamond.
In Kuujjuaq, residents can participate in a number of events, including:
- A vehicle parade beginning at the arena at 9 a.m.
- Bingo at the beach at starting at 12 p.m.
- A cake decorating contest for kids at 1 p.m.
Canada Day celebrations are cancelled in the community for a third year in a row, according to Peter Novalinga, a co-ordinator with the hamlet.
This is in response to the unmarked graves found around several former residential school sites since 2021, he told Nunatsiaq News via email.
In Canada’s capital, Inuit Tapariit Kanatami is hosting a celebration of Inuit culture, language and music at the Indigenous Peoples Space at 100 Wellington St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.