Area residents will have a chance to learn more about Indigenous culture as the North Battleford Library launches Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling (SAS) Month this year.
The library will work in conjunction with the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) to host the event. Head librarian Richard Bee said stories are a "very strong way of being able to convey identity and where individuals come from."
"For us to be able to host the launch for the event, especially with regards to Aboriginal storytelling, for First Nations and Métis People, I feel that's something that fits very well with the library's mandate. It's something that is very helpful for the community at large to be involved with," he added.
For the launch on Feb. 1, there will be an opening ceremony in which some guest speakers will bring greetings.
Saskatchewan Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Clint Repski will be in attendance and renowned flautist Jason Chamakese from Pelican Lake First Nation will perform.
After the opening ceremony, Chamakese will tell some traditional First Nation stories.
"Some of [the stories] relate to tales that are specific to this time of year,” Bee said. "There is sort of a spiritual presence to the stories, in the sense that stories are only appropriate at certain times of the year to tell."
The second event at the library for Aboriginal Storytelling Month will be held on Feb. 3 and will include a variety of activities.
The Sakewew Hoop Dancers will be performing during the event as well as Indigenous storyteller John Spyglass.
Bee said SAS events are also being planned for area schools.
The Aboriginal Storytelling Month launch will take place Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Activities planned for Feb. 3 run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both events will be held in the North Battleford library's lecture theatre.
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