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.
Heard on Calgary's Prince's Island:
Followers of Falun Gong (aka Falun Dafa) demonstrated some of their practices at Prince's Island on Canada Day 2008.