A photo from last year’s event.

Organizers of the 16th annual Powwow at the Painted Hand Casino say First Nations hospitality will be on display during the event.

The Powow is running this Saturday and Sunday in Yorkton at the Farrel Agencies Arena in the Gallagher Centre.

President of the Powwow and Head of Security John Leclerc says the event brings about 3000 people per day on average.

“With that it of course brings a boost to the infrastructure and economy of Yorkton for all the hotel rooms and food outlets visitors will be using,” said Leclerc.

The Painted Hand Casino has been operating in Yorkton for 20 years and Leclerc said they originally started the powwow as a way to give back to the community.

“It’s a way to express our thanks and gratitude for all the years of commitment and acceptance we have had here in Yorkton and we will continue to have good relations with all the citizens of Yorkton and surrounding area.”

The powwow kicks off with the grand entry at 12:00pm on Saturday and will feature dancing and singing competitions all weekend long.

According to Leclerc the Painted Hand Casino Powwow is an excellent way for anyone to experience good old-fashioned First Nations hospitality.

“We don’t charge an admission, so anybody can come and visit and speak to the dancers and singers and ask some questions to get to know our culture and heritage through the powwow.”