Russell Cardinal of the Plains Cree travelled to Surrey to perform at Surrey’s National Aboriginal Day celebration. His outfit took 20 years to make. It includes several types of eagles, bear claws, moose hide and more. (Photo: Amy Reid/Now-Leader) Russell Cardinal of the Plains Cree travelled to Surrey to perform at Surrey’s National Aboriginal Day celebration. He said his outfit took at least 20 years to complete. It includes several eagles, bear claws, moose hide and more. (Photo: Amy Reid/Now-Leader)

VIDEO: Surrey celebrates National Aboriginal Day in Bridgeview

‘June 21 was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because it coincides with the summer solstice’

BRIDGEVIEW — Dancing, singing and teepee storytelling were just a few of the activities at the Bridgeview Community Centre on June 21, as Surrey celebrated National Aboriginal Day.

The city said the event “honours and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.”

Held on unceded traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations, the event also included crafts, face painting and free food, as well as information from various community and wellness service providers.

“June 21 was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because it coincides with the summer solstice,” noted a City of Surrey release. “For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.”

The event was set to run from 2 to 8 p.m. at Bridgeview Community Centre, 11475 126A St., with a closing ceremony at 7:15 p.m.

amy.reid@surreynowleader.com