Ermineskin powwow celebrated by many

Area First Nation honours treaty and tradition with powwow over three days

At the Saturday night

There was a sense of renewed confidence and hope in the air as the Ermineskin Cree of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 Nations celebrated their powwow with dances and songs accompanied by drums for three days from Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3.

With the cooperation of the weather for much of the period, thousands of First Nations members attended the celebrations and and more than 500 participated in the dance competitions in several categories.

First Nations chiefs addressing the participants at the powwow spoke of a renewed relationship with the federal government following the latter’s adoption as policy of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples. Speakers at the podium addressing the crowds said there was much room for hope for reviving the First Nations heritage and creating a sound basis for their culture to be handed down to future generations.

After the speeches, women and men danced in their colourful regalia to claim several monetary and other prizes to the rhythm of the drums surrounding the Bear Park powwow area. It was reported that in total 517 dancers, including those coming from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, had signed up for competitions.

The results of the dancing competitions in several categories and in drum singing contest were as follows:

Buckskin- Brian Mcdougal

Women’s Golden Age- Irene Oaks

Men’s Golden Age- Tobias Provost

Jr. Girls’ Fancy- Okimawiskwew Gadwa

Jr. Girls’ Jingle- Kaylie Nepoose

Jr. Girls’ Traditional- Mylee Yellowbird

Jr. Boys’ Fancy- Jaron Yazzie

Jr. Boys’ Grass- Noah Baptiste

Jr. Boys’ Traditional- Creed Big Mountain

Jr. Boys’ Chicken- Dre Roasting

Teen Girls’ Fancy-Oke-Twsha Roberts

Teen Girls’ Fancy- Rachel Lewis

Teen Girls’ Traditional-Faith Good Striker

Teen Boys’ Fancy- Jarron Gadwa

Teen Boys’ Grass-Muh Jutheen Roberts

Teen Boys’ Traditional- Tristan Carter

Teen Boys’ Prairie Chicken- Oshyn Rain

Women’s Fancy- Michelle Whitecalf

Women’s Jingle- Leah Omeasoo

Women’s Traditional- Emrey-Rose Assiniboine

Men’s Fancy- Patrick Mitsuing

Men’s Traditional- Teminah Greene

Men’s Prairie Chicken- Sheldon Scalplock

Men’s Grass- Joel Wood

Drum Singing contest winners:

1) Wild Horse

2) Blackfoot Confederacy

3) Iron Swing

4) Mountain Kree

5) Wild Rose

 

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