A man carries a two 90 pound sacks of flour and a girl carries one sack as they compete in a race during a National Aboriginal Day celebration. Both are wearing Métis sashes around their waists.
Two individuals engage in a tug-of-war with multiple Métis sashes tied together. The thin red sashes are used for many reasons by the Métis: towel, scarf, saddle-blanket, a bandage for wounds and more.
A group of children hold hands while playing a game during National Aboriginal Day celebrations.
Children gather together by the waterfront for a group activity. Attached to the Red River Cart next to them is a blue flag with a white infinity symbol. This is the official flag of the Métis Nation.
Aboriginal performers wearing ornamental traditional clothing take a break at a National Aboriginal Day celebration. Aboriginal people have long been masters at creating both beautiful and comfortable clothing from the natural sources around them.
At this National Aboriginal Day event, a man plays a hand drum, while a second fiddles and a third plays acoustic guitar. Drums have been an important instrument for First Nations peoples for many years, and Métis have enjoyed fiddling for generations.
A girl enjoys a horse ride. Canadian horses were embraced in the 1700s by many western First Nations.
At National Aboriginal Day events, people wearing temporary National Aboriginal Day tattoos are a popular sight, like this girl. The tattoo is a decorated drum, an important Aboriginal instrument. You can download the image from National Aboriginal Day.
A child at a National Aboriginal Day celebration shows off their temporary tattoo. This tattoo features artwork representing the three Aboriginal groups in Canada: First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
This piece of wood has been carved into a stylized face. It may be part of a larger piece of art or a totem pole. Totem poles are used for many things, from recording lineage to celebrating an event.
In this photo, a child uses stencil to paint an image of a bird. The eagle in one bird that is of great importance to First Nation people. For example, they can be seen as a symbol of strength. Eagle feathers are often used in ceremonial headdresses.