(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) — The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) annual “Spirit of our Nations” Cultural Celebrations and Pow Wow this year is themed Protecting, Honouring and Respecting our Women. Part of the celebration will include a blanket dance fundraiser in support of Standing Rock Sioux Nation.

“Earlier this year, FSIN Chiefs-in-Assembly and the Assembly of First Nations passed a resolution calling for tougher laws for men who are convicted of violence towards Indigenous women,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “We must have zero tolerance for violence and abusive behaviour to our women and our girls. Women gave us life; women are the hearts and strengths of our homes, our families and our nations. We must teach by example to our young ones that women and girls must be honoured and protected, in turn they will live this way and respect women.”

“Water is the life blood of mother earth, so too are women, the givers of life,” said FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear. “In support of our brothers and sisters in Standing Rock, there will be a blanket dance following the Friday evening grand entry. The money raised will go towards supporting the needs of the people protecting the water in the traditional territory of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.”

The Friday November 18, 2016 grand entry starts at 7:00 p.m. The blanket dance fundraiser will follow the grand entry. Miss Indian World, Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, will participate in the blanket dance.

“I am very honoured to be invited to be a part of the Spirit of our Nations powwow,” said Ms. Finn. “It`s very encouraging for my people from Standing Rock to get support from other tribes as they continue their efforts to protect the water.”

The powwow takes place November 18, 19 and 20. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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