On Friday, June 19th, Crossroads will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with a special 100 Huntley Street program from Queenston Heights National Historic Site, Niagara on the Lake, ON., which commemorates the significant contributions of First Nations and their allies in the War of 1812.
Host Crystal Lavallee will take you to 5 locations across the nation, sharing resilient stories of how First Nation, Metis and Inuit people are rising up during this unique time of coronavirus.
Guests include three-time Juno award winner, Inuk singer and songwriter, Susan Aglukark, retired Canadian professional basketball player, Michael Linklater and gold medalist, Rilee ManyBears. Each feature segment honours First Nation, Metis and Inuit culture and accomplishments.
Crossroads established two new positions in 2016 that ensure the Indigenous community has a voice and representation in Canada’s longest running daily television show, 100 Huntley Street in segments called First Peoples Voices.
“I am proud to be a Metis. My family line has a history of justice advocates and politicians standing in the gap for those who cannot. I’m proud to continue this legacy through media missions.”
– Crystal Lavallee, First Peoples Voices Producer for 100 Huntley Street
Indigenous Producer, Crystal Lavallee (Metis) travels across Canada to capture stories that educate, celebrate and bring awareness to Indigenous history, culture and people. First Peoples Voices is part of Crossroads’ response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations that support Indigenous voices on culture, spirituality and languages. Outreach Ambassador, Bev Hadland works to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. To date, Crossroads has fostered relationships with 139 communities across the country, mobilizing resources to northern communities to aid in community development.