SASKATCHEWAN — Saskatchewan residents have been participating in community events and celebrations across the province as National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and exceptional contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize Indigenous contributions. First proclaimed in 1996, National Indigenous Peoples Day falls on or near the first day of summer and the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year.
“Indigenous peoples are foundational to the history and future of Saskatchewan,” Minister Responsible for first Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Don McMorris said Tuesday. “The province is committed to working together with Indigenous partners to advance reconciliation and support economic, social and cultural initiatives for the betterment of all residents.”
In the video, the Sakewew Drummers play during the intra-tribal drumming session during which anyone can get up and dance along. The scene comes from the National Indigenous Peoples Day powwow held at the Western Development Museum in North Battleford.