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Parry Sound hosted one of the biggest National Aboriginal Day ceremonies in Canada

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Hundreds of people came out to see the unveiling of the statue of Francis Pegahmagabow.  The three-figure bronze was unveiled beside the Stockey Centre yesterday on National Aboriginal Day with members of the Pegahmagabow family in attendance as well as many local and national dignitaries.  Town of Parry Sound Mayor Jamie McGarvey was proud to be a part of the ceremony.

Wasauksing Chief Warren Tabobondung says it was a great day for Wasauksing.

Shawanaga Chief Wayne Pamajewon says the recognition of Francis Pegahmagabow is a long time coming.

The ceremony was led by Pegahmagabow’s great grandson Dr. Brian McInnes and included words from Assembly of First Nation National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Commander of the Canadian Army Lieutenant-General J.M.M. Hainse, ONECA President Roger Chum, and Assistant Deputy Minister from the Ministry of Education Janine Griffore.

 

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