The Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Dancers were among the various groups that performed at Saturday’s Salmonfest

The Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Dancers were among the various groups that performed at Saturday’s Salmonfest

Salmonfest a full-day cultural celebration

The Jim Ciccone Civic Centre was packed throughout the day on May 23 as the Gitmaxmak'ay Nisga'a Society and Dancers hosted Salmonfest 2015.

The Jim Ciccone Civic Centre was packed throughout the day on May 23 as the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society and Dancers hosted Salmonfest 2015.

The 12-hour event, which celebrates the return of salmon to the Skeena River and the importance of salmon to First Nations throughout the Northwest, included nine First Nations Dance Groups from throughout the region as well as a performance from the Prince Rupert Lion Dance Club.

In addition to the various dance groups, the event included a Grand Entrance and Grand Finale, a session on youth empowerment and a variety of vendors set up in the Dick St. Louis Auditorium.

The festival also took a break at 1 p.m. to allow spectators and participants to help release young smolts up the road at the Oldfield Creek Hatchery for Smoltfest.