This was taken along Stephen Avenue, during the daily Indian Parade.
A Blackfoot Elder, spiritual leader, and veteran spoke to the crowd. He blessed the new bridge. I have mixed feelings about injecting religion in an official ceremony. If a Catholic priest blessed the bridge, after speaking about his faith, I and others would probably object to mixing religion into an official government function this way. Regardless, it was appropriate to invite him to be part of the official opening as a representative of his people and as a veteran.
These girls were part of the First Nations Parade, held at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary.
A hoop dancers at the Enbridge stage during the 2007 Calgary Stampede.
An Indian Parade was held on July 14, 2007 at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary, Alberta. Performers were also part of the Indian Village at the 2007 Calgary Stampede.