FREDERICTON (GNB) – First Nations in New Brunswick will welcome people to visit their communities and join in the celebration of Aboriginal culture through powwows being held on weekends throughout the spring and summer.

“Our province is home to 15 diverse and unique Mi’kmaq and Wolastokiyik (Maliseet) communities,” said Government Services Minister Ed Doherty, who is also minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.  “Powwows are a wonderful way for people to become better acquainted with the unique heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations people in New Brunswick.”

Powwows are a celebration of Aboriginal heritage, language and culture through music, dance, songs and feasts. Every weekend throughout the spring and summer, powwows are held in First Nation communities, cultural centers and traditional grounds not only in New Brunswick but also across Canada.

A complete schedule of powwows being held in the province is available online.

“Powwows are an important addition to the province’s tourism industry,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bill Fraser.  “These events offer New Brunswickers and visitors a unique and authentic experience with Aboriginal culture and traditions.”

Powwows are open to the public and carry on the tradition of embracing family, friends, and guests each year. They feature an array of vendors with artwork, crafts, traditional clothing and concessions.