Friendship centers, cities for the celebrations of National Indigenous People’s Day


Monday marks National Indigenous People’s Day (NIPD) in Canada with various events and activities across Saskatchewan.

The ninth annual NIPD celebration takes place virtually in Regina.

A live streaming event, hosted through the city’s NIPD Facebook page, provides opportunities to learn about the culture, heritage and achievements of the First Nations Inuit and Métis.

Performances begin at 10 a.m. CST. At the end of the event, a press release from the City of Regina stated that SaskaTel Max will offer an on-demand recording.

Elsewhere, the NÄ“wo Yōtina Friendship Center will host an event in Regina that will include a keynote address by Saskatchewan’s Lt. Gov. Russ Mirasty and a speech by Cowesss First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme.

This event will take place in Core Community Park on 1219 11th Avenue at 4:00 p.m. CST. All participants are asked to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines.

In Bridge City, the Saskatoon Indian Métis Friendship Center will start the first part of its two-part series Our Voices: Indigenous Languages ​​Close to Home.

The series explores work to revitalize indigenous languages ​​through education, the arts, community partnerships, and activism.

Friendship Center executive director Robert Doucette says the series will examine language as a culture and provide a glimpse into the “future” of indigenous culture and language in Saskatoon.

“We pride ourselves on shedding light on the many ways we can celebrate our languages ​​and the people responsible for revitalizing it,” Doucette said in a prepared statement.

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in La Ronge, Sask. (Submitted by Michael Lessard)

Georgina Jolibois, Mayor of La Loche Mayor and former MP, will tell the story of how she and some of her colleagues at the federal level fought for the passage of the Indigenous Languages ​​Act.

Chandrell Marshall will share a story about the Heritage Michif program in front of kindergarten at Westmount Community School.

Cree Elder and Knowledge Administrator Joseph Naytowhow and Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark will tell a story about the city’s Placemaker temporary arts program and the Cree syllable projects in the River Land and Craft Council Building.

The event is hosted through the Friendship Center’s website.

In Prince Albert, the city’s friendship center is also slated to host a virtual event.

Indigenous artists, singers, and dancers will perform live and virtually, and the event line-up also includes bead videos and a bannock-making tutorial.

The Prince Albert Indian Métis Friendship Center’s YouTube page is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. CST.


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