A series of events to celebrate our country and its diverse people and cultures will be kicking off today in Swift Current.

The city's "Celebrate Canada" schedule starts with Capote making at the Chinook Regional Library headquarters (110 11th Ave NW) today at 5:00pm. A Capote, predominately used by the Metis during the fur trade, is a wraparound coat made from blankets and tied together with a sash. On Tuesday, National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated with a teepee raising at Great Plains College at 10:00am and a cultural program with lunch at Market Square starting at 12:00 noon.

The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre will host a multicultural party on Saturday, June 25 at Market Square starting at 7:00pm with performers, music and karaoke, then on June 27, they will be serving lunch at Market Square from 11:30am to 1:00pm for Multiculturalism Day.

During Frontier Days from June 29 to July 2, the Innovation Credit Union Cultural and Community Stage will showcase dancers, singers, story tellers and other performers who represent the rich cultural diversity of Swift Current and area. This will take place at Hansen Park at Kinetic Exhibition Park.

The "Celebrate Canada" events wrap up on Canada Day, July 1, with the Frontier Days Parade on its traditional route starting at 10:00am, a flag raising and luncheon at Memorial Park at 12:30pm, and the Living Sky Casino Fireworks at Kinetic Park starting at 11:00pm.

These events are made possible thanks to a Heritage Canada grant, and support from the City of Swift Current, Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, Chinook Regional Library, Truth and Reconciliation Committee, Southwest Multicultural Association, Swift Current Ag & Ex and Tourism Swift Current.

More information on the individual events can be found on the Events Calendar on Swift Current Online, and on the city's website.

Colin Powers talked with Nicole Spenst and Chrissy Carter from the City of Swift Current about the "Celebrate Canada" events.