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On September 24, 2011, SIGA sponsored the
Saskatchewan Roughriders for the 15th annual Rider
Game Day. Each year SIGA invites over 300 inner city
children and youth as well as First Nations Veterans to an
end zone barbeque at Mosaic Stadium in Regina to watch
the Rider game.
Many of these youth may not have had an opportunity
to attend a Rider game and had a lot of fun showing
their Rider pride. This year the youth were able to take
photos of their favourite players from the end zone and
mingle with our First Nations Veterans during the pre-
game barbeque. This year we also had face-painting for
the youth and handed out Rider souvenirs for those in
attendance. The Veterans in turn, proudly carried their
flags and participated and were honoured in the pre-
game ceremony.
The 2011 ‘Spirit of our Nations’ FSIN Cultural Celebration
included a Youth Educational Symposium and Pow-wow
that was held on November 10 - 13, 2011 in Saskatoon.
For the past number of years, FSIN had hosted this event
but in 2011 the pow-wow and youth symposium was
hosted by the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre.
The Cultural Celebration included a symposium which
provided an educational element to the students of the
Catholic and Separate School Systems in Saskatoon. The
symposium was targeted to youth with a focus on cultural
education. The symposium was held at the White Buffalo
Youth Lodge.
The pow-wow brought thousands of dancers, drummers
and singers from across North America to the province of
Saskatchewan. The number of dancers, family members,
participants, audience and volunteers surpassed 10,000
in attendance. The pow-wow provided an opportunity
for people to learn more about First Nations culture
and tradition. This event had a significant impact on the
business and tourism sector in and around Saskatoon.
SIGA has been a proud sponsor of this pow-wow for
several years.
The FSIN Lands and Resource Secretariat, in conjunction
with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs
Canada and the United Nations, hosted the “
Only a Matter
of Time
: 2011 World Indigenous Youth Summit” which
ran from July 24-29, 2011 at the Saskatoon Inn Hotel
and Conference Centre. SIGA was a proud sponsor of
this event.
The 2011 World Indigenous Youth Summit was set to
coincide with the United Nations’ International Year of the
Youth and International Day of the Forest. The primary
focus of the Summit was to empower and build solidarity
among Indigenous youth from around the world. The
Summit focused on four major issues facing Indigenous
youth worldwide: World Indigenous Youth Perspectives on
the Environment & Sustainable Economic Development;
Environmental Protection & Climate Change; Forests and
Forest Protection; and Partnerships & Funding Initiatives.
The Summit brought together hundreds of delegates from
both international and domestic regions to discuss and
learn about these important issues.
In early 2011, SIGA partnered with the Regina Symphony
Orchestra’s (RSO) Executive Director Maxim Antoshin and
RSO Concertmaster Eduard Minevich, went to the Piapot
First Nation and met with the Piapot Chief and Council
to discuss an opportunity of a year-round RSO music
education program at the reserve. This resulted in the
development of the Piapot Project.
In October, 2011 the RSO set up its first annual music
program at the Piapot First Nation. This program was
introduced as a part of Piapot School’s curriculum this
year and will run until May, 2012. This includes weekly
classes to grade one students to teach students about
music history and theory, as well as offer instruction in
music performance. As a part of the program RSO will
take the students from Piapot School to RSO concerts
in Regina. At these concerts, the students will get an
opportunity to meet with musicians and have a backstage
tour. The Piapot Project provides a unique musical
education enrichment opportunity to a group of First
Nations students that normally would not be exposed
to orchestral music education.
Over the next several years, the RSO is planning to turn
this project at the Piapot First Nation into an example
for other First Nations communities. Long-term plans
include the creation of a music education network
between First Nation communities in Saskatchewan.