The Leader-Post (Regina)
In Western Canada, there are no traditions more ancient than those of the First Nations. Growing from those roots, Canadian Western Agribition is pleased to once again present the First Nations Pavilion.
Established in 2011, the pavilion, located in The Co-operators Centre, was the brainchild of Agribition board of director Elmer Eashappie, a proud member of the Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation. The popularity of the First Nations Pavilion has quickly turned it into a new tradition at Agribition.
"The pavilion fits well with the education and community aspects of our show. It's something all visitors will find interesting," said Marty Seymour, CEO of Canadian Western Agribition. "There is a growing desire in Saskatchewan to share and appreciate our province's First Nations heritage. Agribition is proud to help spread cultural awareness and understanding."
Exhibitors at the pavilion include the First Nation University of Canada, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Twisted Wire Ranch - Cultural Horse Program, Regina 2014 North American Indigenous Games, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the Saskatchewan Indian Culture Center and the File Hills Tribal Council.
The pavilion, which covers half of a hockey arena, features a variety of informative, artistic and interactive displays, including:
World-class drummers and champion dancers Archery and lacrosse demonstration Storytelling Contemporary and traditional craft makers including painting and bead work Elder stations where elders will share traditional stories about the importance of animals Language stations Guests can expect the pavilion to continue to grow over the next few years. Eashappie has long sought to build a stronger international indigenous gathering place at Agribition and promises big things for the future.
"The First Nations Pavilion has brought much enjoyment to visitors over the past couple years," said Eashappie. "Moving into the future, our goal is to create a more comprehensive pavilion that includes indigenous tribes from the four corners of North America."
The First Nations Pavilion is open Monday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.