National Indigenous Peoples Day is taking place all over the country today as Canadians recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Jeanna Emms, a coordinator at the Portage La Prairie Friendship Centre, explains that the centre will be taking part in a walk to Portage Collegiate Institute starting at 10 a.m. to raise multiple flags. Including the Treaty one flag, the Every Child Matters flag, the Dakota flag, and the Métis flag.

"Traditionally, we've had quite a large event for Indigenous Days. We're looking at getting back to that next year, but this year we're going to do a walk. We're partnering with Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation, and we're going to provide some prizes for their art contest," says Emms. "We're going to have a nice walk down to the high school, raise those flags and enjoy the rest of the day with our families."

Emms notes what they would like to see regarding dress attire.

"If women have their ribbon skirts, we'd love to see them in their ribbon skirts. If they have Every Child Matter shirts, we'd love to see them in that. Other than that, whatever they're comfortable in, we just will be happy to have anyone out."

The coordinator adds that National Indigenous Peoples Day is great for spending time with family and friends.

"Enjoy the fact that we are in Treaty One and enjoy our Indigenous people. Enjoy our Métis people and enjoy the fact that they're sharing their land with us."