September ended with Culture Days, which saw different groups in the city celebrate culture through a variety of events and activities.
The weekend featured a variety of displays and showcases of aboriginal traditions in Western Financial Group City Centre Park on Friday hosted by the Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC), free admission to the Western Development Museum on Saturday, and events at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery on Sunday, including the opening of an exhibition and a screening of this year’s big winner at the Yorkton Film Festival, To Make A Farm.
Terri-Ann Lepowick and Jackie Gamble with the YTC say their contribution was meant to be an interactive celebration of aboriginal culture, with demonstrations of dance as well as interactive booths focusing on drums, hand games, crafts language and other parts of the culture. “That’s how we start, by passing our language and culture down to our kids. We want to promote that as best we can,” Lepowick says.
The spirit of Culture Days is something which Lepowick believes is vital for traditions to continue through the generations. She says that weekend a like provides a great opportunity to teach people about everyone’s backgrounds and also a chance to get people to reconnect with different traditions.
“If we celebrate who we are we can celebrate anywhere, and it will show people who we are and welcome them to join us,” she concludes.