By Judy Bird and Brad Bellegarde

Regina SK – First Nations presence was strong at this year’s Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) with the First Nations Pavilion, the Indigenous Ag Summit, and a First Nations theme at the rodeo on Tuesday night.

The First Nations Pavilion opened its doors for the fifth year in a row. The pavilion featured a number of performances, displays and activities for the public, including a buffalo hide tanning workshop.

Terrance Littletent, a hoop dancer from the Kawactoose First Nation participated for his 10th year at Agribition. “It’s really an honour to come out here and perform each time,” said Littletent. “Everything that’s dealing with First Nations culture (is) here in this First Nations pavilion,” he said.

Culture and business mixed at the 3rd Annual Indigenous Agriculture Summit November 23 and 24 at the Ramada Hotel in Regina. Speakers from across Turtle Island came together to share with delegates their agricultural practices and successes. Beef production, building healthy soil, grazing practices, land management and a unique partnership that has brought buffalo to the Peepeekisis First Nation, east of Regina, were some of the topics presented.

“I’m hoping people will walk away with a better understanding of Indigenous agriculture,” said Elmer Eashappie, organizer of the Indigenous Ag Summit. “There are other First Nations out there in Canada and the US that are already in that market, in that right attitude of stepping forward and making progress for economic development. We talk about resources, we have the most richest resources in our community and that’s land.”

The Canadian Cowboys’ Association Finals Rodeo on Tuesday November 24 had a First Nations theme and for the first time, the event was free because of sponsorship.

“We had over 4,000 people last night and that’s the most amount we’ve ever had at agribition on the first night of rodeo,” said Eashappie.

Agribition ran from November 23 through November 28.

 

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