By Roman Hayter

An outdoor Indigenous celebration focusing on honouring and celebrating Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis heritage is taking place this week.

The festival, at the Wascana Centre, will be divided into two sessions on Saturday, April 15, and will include quill working, a mini-pow wow, Indigenous elder storytelling, Indigenous games, and Métis art.

The celebration was created through a partnership between the Provincial Capital Commission and Nature Saskatchewan and will focus on respecting and celebrating Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Métis history.

“This event is a great occasion to honour and learn about the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and exceptional contributions of First Nation and Métis people across our great province,” said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission and First Nations, Métis, and Northern Affairs.

Nature Saskatchewan Conservation and Education Manager Shannon Chernick said that Nature Saskatchewan was happy to be able to promote learning and engagement in partnership with PCC.

“Nature Saskatchewan is happy to partner with the PCC to promote learning and engagement with its visitors. We have a passion for building opportunities that inspire people to appreciate, learn about, and acknowledge Saskatchewan’s natural environment and history. We look forward to this event and many other events in the future,” said Chernick.

The event will act as a celebration of indigenous cultures ahead of the annual First Nations University of Canada Spring Celebration Powwow on April 22 and 23. The event will take place on Saturday afternoon at the Wascana Centre. Pre-registration is required.