A family pow wow hosted by the Samson Cree Nation at the Panee Agriplex was an event for families and foster children. The event was held March 24 and was a full day of dancing and culture. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Samson Nation pow wow brings families together

The nation hosted a family pow wow to culture to families

A pow wow over the weekend was all about bringing family together.

Hosted by the Samson Cree Nation at the Panee Agriplex the pow wow was organized by the Kasohkowew Child Wellness Society (KCWS), explained Chief Vernon Saddleback.

“What it is is just part of our cultural program for our kids in care,” said Saddleback.

Foster parents and their kids are invited to the pow wow, which occurs every spring, in an effort to keep the Cree culture alive.

“It’s to circle around our culture…and for the families to reconnect,” said Saddleback.

He’s been involved with KCWS for the last seven years, and now as chief, and each year the pow wow gets bigger.

Saddleback said he’s grateful to all the caregivers and foster parents for their dedication. While not all of them live in Maskwacis, he’s proud of their hard work and efforts to help the young children.

“For some of them to come to our community and watch the pow wow, that’s amazing,” he added.

“I can’t say enough about our foster parents.”

Along with the dancing there was bannock, lunch for everyone involved, plus drum circles and hoop dancing.


Aieshia Tootoosis and her mother Cora take in the dancing that was a big part of the pow wow in Maskwacis.

Backlit by the sun, this dancer, in full regalia, takes part in the pow wow festivities.

A hoop dancer shows his skills to attendees of the Samson Cree Nation pow wow.

The pow wow brought foster families and the children they care for to the Samson Cree Nation. The day was about celebrating the Cree culture and to show appreciation.

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