June 18, 2018

Government House Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

This Thursday, June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, and Government House is celebrating the occasion with a traditional ground blessing and dance performance for all to attend.

“Celebrating the indigenous cultures that are part of our national identity is important to all Saskatchewan and Canadian citizens,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “Their history and culture is part of our collective heritage – it’s woven into the very fabric that makes up our country.”

National Indigenous Peoples Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc.  The day is for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  The occasion is observed on or near the summer solstice, a traditional time for generations of Indigenous peoples and communities to celebrate their culture.

The public is invited to attend the free event, held outdoors on the Ceremonial Circle in front of Government House.  Elder Betty McKenna will offer a prayer, and a traditional chicken dance will be performed alongside multi-generational drumming group, Buffalo Lodge.

Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy will give remarks in the company of representatives from Saskatchewan Indigenous organizations and communities.

Following the event, the public are encouraged to explore the J.E.N. Wiebe Interpretive Centre on the second floor of Government House.  June is National Indigenous History month, a great time to experience Saskatchewan’s past through interactive multi-media presentations, games and murals.