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Natl. Indigenous People’s Day in Regina

Public event to commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day took place downtown at Victoria Park and City Square Plaza.

REGINA — Victoria Park and City Square Plaza were the place to be for Regina’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on Tuesday.

The event took place starting at 11 a.m. and continued right through the noon hour, organized by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Network. 

It began with the grand entry of officials including Mayor Sandra Masters of Regina. That was followed by the Honour Song for residential school children who did not make it home, performed by the Red Dog Drum Group.

The event featured entertainment, including from the Starblanket Dancers, the Asham Stompers from Manitoba, Conway Kootenay and the Mother Theresa Middle School student drum group and dancers.

This marked the return of live events commemorating National Indigenous Peoples Day in Regina following two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Other events were scheduled for around Regina that day:  

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum planned an event as part of its Solstice Speaker Series featuring Erroll Kinistino, a Saskatchewan actor and musician best known from his role on North of 60 and the Dog River Band. Also planned is a performance by a student drum group and by fancy shawl/jingle dress dancer, Julie Paul. That is starting at 7 p.m. this evening.

The Saskatchewan Science Centre planned a day of events including dream catcher making, crafting a lacrosse stick and cracking the code (learning how to translate your name into a binary code) and bead a keychain using basic or traditional loom beading techniques.

In the afternoon, Government House was the venue as Lt.-Gov. Russ Mirasty presided over the dedication of the Saskatchewan Residential School Memorial at the Edwardian Gardens.