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Heritage Day Celebrated in McMurray

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There was Indigenous and Filipino food, sparkling tattoos, lawn games, and a memorable performance of “Cinderella.” Heritage Day was a fun, family event organized by Heritage Village on August 3, 2019.

Attendees had the opportunity to wear old fashioned clothes, and take a photo at the trading post. “Cinderella,” which was told from the perspective of different cultures from around the world was performed by theatre camp participants. The Heritage Village theatre camp for children has been running for 18 years now.

Tammy Plowman, program and office manager with Heritage Park has been with the organization for 15 years. She shares on why the event is important to celebrate.

“We’re all about the community, and teaching history. We had special rates for this event, so it was easy for everyone to attend.”

Heritage Day was created in 1973 by the Heritage Canada Foundation to “preserve and promote Canada's natural, architectural, and historical heritage.” It was declared a holiday in Alberta in 1974.

You can learn more about Fort McMurray’s history and Heritage Village by visiting:


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.