When I was asked to photograph the Celebration Dinner for The Indigenous Peoples' Court, I was first honoured to be chosen to capture it, but also excited to be a part of it as well. All in all, I would estimate that there were about 150 people there. Don't quote me on that though. It was such a great turnout and there were a lot of special speakers attending as well.
The evening started with an opening prayer and song. I was given permission to photograph the drum ceremony which isn't always the case. So that was a nice surprise and I actually came away with some really good shots. Following that, the MC for the evening, Sandi Boucher, explained how the evening was going to unfold.
Soon after that, there were a few welcoming remarks, followed by an overview from the IPC Coordinator, Frances Wesley. Everyone then took part in a wonderful buffet dinner. The food was really quite good. Once people had a chance to eat, it was then time to cut the cake which I made sure to get a photo of when I first arrived. The rest of the ceremony had a variety of important speakers saying some words to the guests.
At the end of the night, the last order of business was the presentation of a few different gifts. One was to the Regional Senior Justice Elder, another was to Justice Joyce Pelletier and the last one was presented to the IPC Committee.
After everyone received their gifts, the night was closed with a prayer and then another song. All in all it was a wonderful evening, and one that I was proud to be a part of.