Whitecap-Lake Meeting To Be Re-Enacted

Friday, September 21, 2007 at 14:01



A celebration of the 125th anniversary of the meeting of Chief Whitecap and John Lake, the two founding leaders of Saskatoon, is taking place later today.


The main festivities will be held this evening along the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon.


They will include a re-enactment play of the meeting of Whitecap and Lake.


The historical event will be told through a blend of First Nations narration, drumming, and dancing.


A musical light show on the river will follow.


Lake came to the area from Toronto in 1882 looking for a site for a temperance colony.


He asked the advice of Whitecap, the chief of the nearby Whitecap Dakota First Nation, for the best place to settle.


Whitecap suggested the area on the east bank near what is current-day Victoria Avenue as a spot where a ferry could cross the river.