Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day
June is National Indigenous History Month, which acknowledges the heritage and contributions of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, an occasion for all Canadians to honour the cultures, traditions and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Communities across Saskatchewan will be participating in National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations.
Consider adding some of these Indigenous experiences to your summer travel plans.
For over 40 years, Back to Batoche Days has been a colourful showcase of Métis culture, traditions, food, dance and music. The popular, family-oriented festival entertains the crowds with chuckwagon and chariot races, jigging, horseshoe and bannock competitions, and an impressive lineup of talent. Artisan goods and crafts add to the festivities.
Han Wi – Moon Dinner
July 25, August 8, September 12
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
A transformative evening experience, Han Wi – Moon Dinners are staged overlooking the South Saskatchewan River and the Opimihaw Valley. After indulging in fresh bannock cooked over an open fire, guests are treated to a decadent three-course meal served at sunset. To complete the evening, a Dakota Star Storyteller shares ancient wisdom while the sun sets and the brilliant night sky comes into view.
Poundmaker Performance Festival
Poundmaker Cree Nation
Heading into its third season, the Poundmaker Performance Festival is a multi-cultural celebration hosted by Poundmaker Cree Nation. The festival draws national and international artists who participate in traditional storytelling and contemporary performances. Programming this year includes the world premiere of a new adaptation of Chekhov’s classic Uncle Vanya.
Grasslands National Park – West Block
Offered Wednesday afternoons throughout the summer, Métis Connections sessions are led by local Métis heritage presenters. They share their special connections to the landscape through storytelling, interpretation, music and art.
Grasslands National Park – East Block
Lakota Legends is a Friday afternoon storytelling session with Lakota First Nations artist Kim Soo Goodtrack, who retells legends and illustrates them as she speaks. Afterward, participants create their own artworks inspired by Lakota design.
Check out this informative Guide to Powwow Season in Canada, published in WestJet Magazine. It covers everything from etiquette to dance styles to the stories reflected in dancers’ regalia. Click here for some of the powwows in Saskatchewan this summer.