Powwow, workshops bring Indigenous community together

By Angela Brown
May 18, 2017 - 4:56pm

Amid the sounds of drumming and song, the local Indigenous community came together for the annual Treaty 6 Community History Showcase and Traditional Powwow earlier this week.

The event was a chance for neighbouring Indigenous groups in the Battlefords area to celebrate and raise awareness about their culture and history.

Patrick Bugler, director of education with Treaty 6 Education Council (TSEC), based in North Battleford said he was pleased with the level of participation over Tuesday and Wednesday.

“This is our third year now,” Bugler said. “Things went very well.

“We had an opportunity to share between our communities."

He noted during the community history event on Tuesday, participants had a chance to learn a little about each community’s history and teachings. The aim was to help the area’s First Nation and Cree Nation community members and students “to learn more about themselves.”

The event was organized by TSEC and its member nations, as well as Onion Lake First Nation, and Thunderchild First Nation.

Treaty 6 Education Council schools, including Saulteaux, Little Pine, Poundmaker, Moosomin, Mosquito, Red Pheasant, Ahtahkakoop, Onion Lake, and also a visitor from Waterhen took part in the events. Ten area communities in total were involved.

On Wednesday the festivities continued for the powwow celebration.

 “We had about 250 people out there throughout the course of the day,” Bugler said. “On Wednesday we had a very successful powwow in Saulteaux First Nation, in conjunction with their local Treaty Day.

“We use it as our district powwow."

Organizers prepared food for everyone taking part and ran out of meals by the end of the day.

“We probably had 800 people there,” the director of education said. “That was a success as well.

“It's just another opportunity for us to celebrate our culture.”

 

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