Tobacco Plains National Indigenous Day Celebration **2020 will be a Virtual Event**
June 21 is National Indigenous Day, a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi ‘it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band's) Annual Indigenous Day Celebration takes place in Grasmere and the celebration features dancing, a feast and a traditional horse ride across the US-Canada border.
Tobacco Plains Indian Band for the 22nd Annual Day Celebration- VIRTUAL (June 21)
2020 Schedule *Click HERE for schedule updates
- Opening - Drum Group TBA
- Video Montage
- Get Active - 5K Walk or Run - Participants must pre -register(see poster below)
- Language Challenge
- Story Telling
- 1PM Virtual Round Dance
- Dance Demonstrations
- #keepthepeopledancing - 2 - 7pm (keep a eye out for the poster)
- Home Sweet Home
9:30 am - 11:20 am Walk across the US border and back through the Canadian Border singing the US and Canada Flag songs in recognition and honoring their traditional territory.
12:30 pm Grand Entry
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Traditional games, dance demonstrations and entertaining activities
The villages of Grasmere and Roosville are located on Highway #93 near the Canada/US border.
The Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi ‘it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) of the Ktunaxa Nation manages a small reserve located in the southeast corner of BC, near the Canada/USA border crossing of Roosville. The Tobacco Plains Band reserve traces the Canada/USA border to the south and the Koocanusa reservoir system and Baynes Lake to the west, and to Waterton Lakes National Park in the east. The Tobacco Plains has been a critical home territory for the Ktunaxa band for thousands of years. Most of their winter lodges were on the Montana side of the border, but these lands were taken away and now are privately owned.