Aboriginal Day celebration

Alberta movie star stops in at celebrations at Memorial Peace Park

Nathaniel Arcand

Nathaniel Arcand

Canadian actor Nathaniel Arcand will be a featured guest at Maple Ridge’s celebration of National Aboriginal Day this Sunday.

The 45-year-old is of Plains Cree heritage, from the Alberta’s Alexander First Nation. Arcand is best known for his role as Scott Cardinal on the television series Heartland, and he has also done North of 60 and Arctic Air.

“He will be a big draw. A lot of people know who he is,” said organizer Yvonne Desabrais.

She said Arcand was popular as a speaker at this year’s Aboriginal Achievement Awards for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District, and was invited to return for National Aboriginal Day, where he will be the master of ceremonies.

There will be a bannock cook-off and various food venders, traditional drumming and singing, aboriginal artists and venders, and a hood dance by Jane Wylie.

• The event will take place downtown, at Memorial Peace Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.