June 21 was National Aboriginal Day with celebrations at Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) and Maffeo-Sutton Park, hosted by the Snuneymuxw first Nations of Nanaimo in collaboration with various community groups.
It was a beautiful day to take the foot-ferry to this Island/Provincial park located within the Nanaimo Harbour. The celebrations involved performances of traditional dances, demonstrations of native crafts such as weaving cedar hats, and a traditional style salmon barbecue, where the salmon is skilfully mounted over the fire with sticks and twigs.
Events like this are a manifestation of the rich cultural heritage of the first nations on the West Coast of BC and the generosity of their people to share with the community that they live in.
A sketch of the permanent totems on this island would have been more appropriate for this occasion, but I could not find a suitable spot in the shade and shielded from the fierce wind of that day. The Gazebo surrounded by Gary oak trees has served me as a subject on previous visits to this magnificent park.