Drum social to honour aboriginal veterans

With Remembrance Day coming up Friday, and 2005 being the Year of the Veteran, the United Native Friendship Centre here will hold its the first-ever drum social to honour aboriginal veterans Thursday.
The event will start with a veterans’ tea at 2 p.m. at the UNFC’s Circle of Life Centre (616 Mowat Ave.)
It will feature tea, coffee, and bannock, as well as a cribbage tournament and socializing.
This will be followed by a feast at 5 p.m., featuring chili, wild rice casserole, wild meat, and bannock.
The grand entry, with drumming, singing, and dancing, will be held at 6:30 p.m. There also will be giveaways, dance exhibitions, spot dances, and a 50/50 draw.
Host drums will be Battle River from Red Lake, Mn. and Golden Eagle from Couchiching First Nation. Gilbert Smith of Naicatchewenin First Nation will emcee.
Invited drums include UNFC Traditional, UNFC UMAYC Drum, LYNX Clan Traditional, and Mishomis Maheengun.
Gas money will be provided for dancers in regalia and registered singers.
For more information, call organizer Ryan McMahon at 274-0561.
In related news, a USO-style variety show, entitled “A Magic Moment in Time” and hosted by the local Legion and ladies auxiliary, will be held this Friday (Nov. 11) at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Legion.
There will be a cash bar, and refreshments will be served. A silver collection will be taken.
Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.