I had the opportunity to go to Aboriginal Day in Terrace this year; this is unique because I live in Prince Rupert.
Terrace hosted a wonderful event with many displays and great food, vendors, performers, and activities for children. I made sure I got my fried bread, which they made right in front of me at the Métis booth. My partner enjoyed a delicious bowl of bison chili. I really appreciated watching the Skeena River Delta Dancers! Hot Flash, Hello Cleveland, the Mad Hatters, and the Gitsegukla dancers also performed and helped make it an amazing day!
My colleague, Lloyd McDames, Aboriginal patient liaison in the Terrace and Kitimat area, hosted an event at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace. A dance group performed, staff were treated to fried bread, and there were displays throughout. This allowed the celebrations to happen for patients and staff who couldn’t participate at the events in town.
Aboriginal Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our many First Nations in the north and I was glad to be able to join in the fun and to learn more about the rich cultures in the Terrace area.
About Victoria Carter
Victoria works in Northern Health's Aboriginal health program as the lead for engagement and integration. She is an adopted member of the Nisga’a nation and was given the name “Nox Aama Goot” which means “mother of good heart.” In her work she sees herself as an ally working together with Aboriginal people across the north to improve access to quality health care. She keeps herself well by honouring the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of her life through spending time with her friends and family, being in nature and working on her own personal growth.