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The 2013 ‘Spirit of our Nations’ FSIN Cultural
Celebration was held on October 25-27, 2013 in
Saskatoon. The theme of this Pow Wow was “Spirit of
our Nations” because it captures the essence of what
a Pow Wow celebration is about. It encompasses First
Nations cultures, traditions and ceremonies. Through
Pow Wow, First Nation song and dance is showcased
by participants of all ages.
The Pow Wow brought thousands of dancers,
drummers and singers from across North America to
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and there was over 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
over 16 years.
The Montreal Lake Cree Nation and the Federation of
Saskatchewan Indian Nations were proud to be host
the 4th National First Nations Youth Summit entitled
“Youth Leadership: Supporting the Way Forward”.
The event took place at TCU Place in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan from November 18 – 21, 2013. This
summit brought together over 1,000 First Nations
young leaders, ages 18-30, from across Canada to
discuss some of the most pressing issues facing
youth today.
This year’s Summit provided the National Youth Council
(NYC) with the opportunity to report on an action plan
while seeking feedback of grassroots First Nations
youth in order to inform and guide the development
of the NYC’s next Five Year Action Plan. In addition,
the NYC envisioned the 4th National First Nations Youth
Summit provided First Nations youth an opportunity
to network, dialogue and create innovative solutions to
address the various issues and barriers impacting our
young people. The proceedings of this summit will also
be used to inform and guide the development of the
AFN NYC’s next five year action plan.
The goal for the summit was to create opportunities
for networking; foster unity amongst First Nations
youth; increase awareness and education; promote
youth leadership and increased engagement within
First Nations communities; acknowledge and recognize
positive activities, initiatives and achievements; and
report on last 5 years of NYC activities and receive
direction for the next 5 years.