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U of S Researchers Examine Aboriginal Rock Formations In Cabri Area PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Monday, 21 July 2014 13:24

A group of researchers from the University of Saskatchewan has completed a survey of Aboriginal rock patterns in the Cabri Lake area.

Dr Margaret Kennedy is an associate professor with the Department of Archeology and part of the fieldwork.

She says there is a huge collection of rock patterns in the prairie and the area was in use as far back as 13,000 years ago.

“What we are looking at are the past remains of the ones that survive particularly in stone form of former habitations, former drive lines that are associated possibly with running animals, driving animals to jumps and also long lines that are ceremonial features possibly,” she says.

Kennedy adds the area they are working on is huge, spanning many square kilometers and several types of rock patterns.

“We’re just inventorying, so we’re just walking the land and we are recording what we find with GPS so we record the location but we are not digging anything,” she says.

Kennedy says photographs are also being taken and all of the information is submitted to the university for further evaluation.

Because the area is so large, the project is expected to last over several summers and eventually the research findings will be published.

Opening Ceremonies For 2014 North American Indigenous Games To Take Place Sunday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Friday, 18 July 2014 17:00

The City of Regina is buzzing with excitement with the North American Indigenous Games just a couple of days away.

The event will draw thousands of athletes from all across North America and a total of 23 teams will be competing at different venues throughout the city.

Games spokesperson Dominga Robinson says the event kicks off with the opening ceremonies Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium.

“Tickets will be available at the door,” she says. “They’re only $10 to get in, you get a huge show, the people who are going to be headlining that are Plex, Crystal Shawanda, Inez Jasper and our music headliner is George Leach. It’s going to be a big welcoming of the athletes with a big parade. There’s going to be lots of people there, lots of exciting…Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company is going to be doing a huge theatrical production. It’s just going to be so much fun.”

One of the other main attractions will be the cultural village located at the First Nations University’s Regina campus.

Beginning Monday, athletes and spectators can watch and participate in cultural and sporting demonstrations and elders will also be on site.

Meanwhile, games organizers say they are honouring the athletes, their families, communities and spectators with the lance run.

The run got underway earlier this month and visited several reserves across the province.

Robinson says organizers feel it is important to include this event.

“The purpose of it is to welcome the community, get the excitement going and to honour the sacredness of what we’re building here in terms of the athletics and the cultural perspectives.”

The athletes are competing in 15 different sports - archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, canoeing, kayaking, lacrosse, golf, rifle shooting, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.

Competitors range in age from 11-19 years and each sport has three age categories.

The basketball competition gets underway Sunday followed by six more sports on Monday.

Team Saskatchewan has won the overall title in all but one of the previous seven games.

The team comes into the 2014 NAIG as defending champions.

Saskatoon Holds Walk To Celebrate First Nelson Mandela International Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Friday, 18 July 2014 16:58

About 150 people took part in a unity walk in Saskatoon Friday as part of the first Nelson Mandela International Day.

Mandela, who is recognized around the world for his leadership role in the South African anti-apartheid movement and international human rights work, passed away in December 2013 at the age of 95.

The walk was organized by the City of Saskatoon’s Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Office and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.

The OTC’s Harry Lafond says what Mandela stood for is very similar to the rights and cultural values Aboriginal people in Canada continue to struggle for.

“Nelson Mandela’s message is about harmony, it’s about justice, it’s about living in peace and it’s about breaking down barriers and so today is about that,” he says.

However, at the same time, Lafond says Mandela’s legacy is an inspiration to all cultures – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

“Our heroes come from many nationalities and from many different cultures and it’s really important for us to recognize that Saskatchewan, Saskatoon and Canada is made up of different cultures. And we need to listen very carefully to the messages of heroes from other cultures.”

The walk went from the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre on Wall Street to city hall on 3rd Avenue North.

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