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Fort McKay First Nation Treaty Days: Celebrating Community, Culture & Connection

Fort McKay First Nation is once again hosting Treaty Days, a time of celebrating community, culture and connection.

Happening from June 16 to 19, Treaty Days has a full schedule of events for everyone to enjoy!

To start things off on Thursday, Fort McKay Group of Companies will be hosting their golf tournament in support of the Fort McKay School and E-Learning programs (by registration only).

In the evening, kids are invited to the Fort McKay Wellness Centre between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. to decorate their bikes for Friday’s Kids Bike Parade. Remember: bike helmets are mandatory for all kids who are taking part in the parade!

On Friday morning, registration opens at the Band Hall at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. The Kids Bike Parade, sponsored by Hammerstone Infrastructure Materials Ltd. will happen on the Main Road between 9:45 and 10 a.m., followed by the Main Parade, sponsored by Suncor from 10 to 11 a.m. Opening Ceremonies sponsored by Bouchier will be happening at the Upper Arbour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., followed by a day full of fun, including a BBQ lunch, corporate tug of war, hand games tournament, Kids Discovery Zone, Teen Wonder Zone, and a round dance.

Elder Lina Gallup will be honoured at her Celebration of Life happening at 4 p.m. at the Upper Arbour, followed by a community supper, Lawrence “Bull” Powder Annual Memorial Slo-Pitch Tournament, and Fort McKay Idol presented by Birch Mountain Enterprises to cap things off for the evening from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Upper Arbour. This will include jigging, moose calling, and a laughing contest, and will feature Nicely Put Together. 

Saturday’s events will be kicked off with a community breakfast for Elders at 9 a.m., followed by a community breakfast at 9:30 a.m. The slo-pitch tournament will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as a Hip Hop Show at the Upper Arbour from 1 to 3 p.m., a hand games tournament from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and so much more! Supper will be served to the Elders in the community at 5 p.m., and the community supper will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Don’t miss Saturday night’s entertainment at the amphitheatre! Taking the stage will be The Stephanie Harpe Experience at 7 p.m., followed by Streetheart, with Big Wreck headlining at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will cap off the night between 11 and 11:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Lawrence “Bull” Powder Annual Slo-Pitch Tournament will finish off between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. A community BBQ and Elder food service will be provided starting at noon, followed by canoe races at the river launch from 1 to 3 p.m.

Ending off the weekend will be the closing ceremonies for 2022’s Fort McKay Treaty Days, which will be held at the upper arbour.

For the latest information about Fort McKay Treaty Days, visit FortMcKay.com

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