Iqaluit to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day despite pandemic restrictions
Most events limited to 25 people, others to be held remotely
Skating, swimming, pop-up servings of country food, a variety of contests and a scavenger hunt — the City of Iqaluit has a slate of events planned for National Indigenous Peoples Day, on Monday, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most events will be limited to 25 people, while others will be held remotely to abide by COVID-19 restrictions, said city spokesperson Ainiak Korgak.
“In previous years … there were no restrictions,” Korgak said. “The more people we had, the happier we were.”
There will be free public skate from 6 to 7 p.m. at Arnaitok Arena and the turf at Arctic Winter Games Arena will be available from 7 to 8 p.m., said Korgak.
Both events are limited to the first 25 people, masks are mandatory and participants are asked to stay six feet apart.
At the city pool, from 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., there will be free lane swimming.
“This year and last year, of course, are different because [of] COVID-19,” Korgak said. “We have to be mindful of how many people we can allow to be together at any one time.”
Two contests will be judged by a panel — a hunting-themed baking contest and a beading contest where participants can make either bracelets, necklaces or earrings.
The event is remote and each participant will have to send in a picture and description of their work to the city.
The winners will be announced on Wednesday, Korgak said, and will receive a gift card.
There will also be five pop-up stations throughout the city from 1 to 5 p.m. that will serve country food as supplies last.
Korgak said the locations will be posted on the city’s Facebook page when the stations appear.
At 2:15 p.m., there will be a moment of silence for the 215 children’s bodies that were discovered at an unmarked grave at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.