REGINA CELEBRATION VILLAGE
Food Vendors – Come out and taste the unique cuisine of Aboriginal Culture – Indian tacos, bannock, deserts and more! Featuring BonBurger, Koko’s Kitchen, Denise Kaiswatum, First Nations University of Canada Pow wow Committee, Irwin’s Mini Donuts and Valley Girls Catering.
Aboriginal Artisans Market Place - Aboriginal craftspeople will showcase their handmade, authentic crafts. Including, beadwork, fashions and many other pieces. Make sure you stop in and purchase that great gift for someone special!
Storytelling Tipi – Rodger W. Ross, Hazel Dixon and Rhonda Donais will share their traditional stories and also provide readings of Aboriginal authors.
2:30 pm-3:15 pm Rodger Ross
3:30 pm-4:15 pm Hazel Dixon
4:30 pm-5:15 pm Rhonda Donais
Rodger W. Ross is a recognized traditional storyteller, having learned stories in the sacred oral tradition by spending time with Elders including the late Emile Piapot (Son of Chief Piapot), Walter Lavallee, Isadore Pelletier, the late Gordon Oakes, and the late Albert Oochoo. Rodger and his Family have hosted 4 Sweat-lodge Ceremonies including a Traditional Feast and Give Away at Kinookimaw Beach, Saskatchewan.
Hazel Dixon is an oral storyteller of Ojibway/Mohawk ancestry from Ontario. She has done extensive storytelling at various conferences, schools, children’s festivals, exhibitions and libraries throughout Saskatchewan. In addition to her storytelling she has also been trained as a Life Skills Coach Facilitator and has found that these skills assist her in many ways. Many of the stories are traditional First Nations Legends. Her latest endeavor is a Métis radio play to be aired in CBC Radio for the Saskatchewan Centennial Celebration. She currently is the Regina Public Schools System in resident Elder at Ruth M. Buck and Centennial Schools, and a member of the First Nations theatre troupe “The Tipi Peepers”.
Youth Fun and Interactive History Tent – Two main activities for youth to get involved in and learn something new:
Mocassin / Hand game demonstrations: Demonstrated by Archie Weenie. The Moccasin Game is a game of hide and seek and an early form of gambling is believed to be the oldest sleight-of-hand game in the world.
Dreamcatcher, Jewellery and Art Workshops: The North Central Family Centre brings you: “Make your own Masterpiece”. Working with the teachers to create your own masterpiece.
Casino Regina “Shine” Tent - “How do you shine as an Aboriginal person?” Answer the question on video and see yourself on the big screens aired at Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration!
Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Live Radio Remote - LIVE at the Celebration Site from 1:00pm to 5:00pm! If you can’t be in attendance at the Live Event, listen to it LIVE on one of the radio feeds across Saskatchewan.
“Touch the Past” brought to you by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum – Interactive Display – include replicas of pre-contact First Nations stone and bone tools, weapons and daily use items/fur trade era items.
Community Art Project – The Saskatchewan Arts Board is bringing in Aboriginal artist, Ray Keighley, to do an interactive art project. Leave your mark on the piece of art that will be later displayed for public viewing!
Ray Keighley is a Cree/Metis artist who was born and raised in the foothills of Alberta and who has family roots on the Sucker River Reserve north of Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Art has been an integral part of Keighley’s life since early childhood and in 1998 he graduated with a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan. He now lives and works in Warman, Saskatchewan. Keighley’s work varies from realism to a more abstract, conceptual practice. He has extensive experience as a painter and printmaker. Besides smaller works, Keighley enjoys working on murals. Native content often gives an added creative energy to Keighley’s art objects, reflecting the artist’s balance between his ethnic origins, his life and work.