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National Indigenous History Month at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) is celebrating National Indigenous History Month including commemoration of its First Nations Gallery’s 25th Anniversary. 

Each week of June features a different theme including Film Week, Treaties Week, Tools and Technology Week and the Anniversary Celebration Week.

Film Week presents two film nights on Tuesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 7 both from 7-9 p.m.  On June 5, watch “Birth of a Family” and meet Betty Ann Adam whose Sixties Scoop family reunion is featured in this award-winning documentary.  On June 7, watch “Reserve 107” and "From Up North" closing with a discussion featuring filmmakers Trudy Stewart and Janine Windolph and life speaker Noel Starblanket.

Treaty Week features two special evening events.  

Tuesday, June 12 from 7-9 p.m., guests can participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise where they will travel through 500+ years of shared history to better understand the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Canada.  

On Thursday, June 14 from 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m., attendees can join Curator of Aboriginal Studies, Dr. Evelyn Siegfried, for a guided tour of the First Nations Gallery and listen to fascinating stories about the gallery’s development and the people behind its creation.  

Bannock with saskatoon jam and mint tea by Chef Dickie Yuzicapi,  of Sioux Chef Catering will be served at all evening events.

National Indigenous History Month

During Tools and Technology Week, June 15 is a School’s Out day.  Families can drop in and explore traditional Indigenous toys and games such as cup and pin and button buzzers.  Learn more about Indigenous contributions and inventions such as snow goggles, obsidian knives and the original water bottles.  Check out the lobby display featuring these toys, tools and technology throughout the month.

On June 19, several school classrooms will join Holly Rae Yuzicapi, a Dakota Cultural Arts instructor, for “Introduction to Traditional Foods”.  Participants will learn about the traditional gathering, preparing and processing of foods, compare traditional and modern day diets and have the chance to make a grocery store version of Pemmican.

Then on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Saskatchewan Archaeology Society will be on location with archaeocaravan activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Guests can try their hand at atlatl throwing, Indigenous arts and much more.

National Indigenous History Month

The themed weeks lead up to the month’s major event, the celebration of the opening of the RSM’s First Nation’s Gallery – a groundbreaking achievement at the time. The First Nations Gallery at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is unique, as the presentation is thematic rather than linear. Four main areas of Indigenous lifestyle are explored and exhibited:  Worldview, Material Culture, Seasonal Round and Transportation.

The First Nations Gallery offers a dramatic view of the history and traditions of Indigenous societies in Saskatchewan through artwork, artifacts and recreations. The gallery shows the relationship of the people with the land and changes brought on after contact.   

On Tuesday, June 26, the 25th Anniversary of the gallery will be celebrated.  From 1 to 4 p.m., the afternoon will feature world renowned hoopdancer, Terrance Littletent and the drum group, the Kawacatoose Boys from the Kawacatoose First Nation.  The official program will include special guests, and a large anniversary cake made by Chef Yuzicapi will be served.  Attendees can make their own painted medallion-style Buffalo parfleche necklace with the Buffalo People Arts Institute.

National Indigenous History Month

These events have been made possible through the support of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, MBC Network Radio, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority and the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

More information on the month’s programs and events can be found at royalsaskmuseum.ca or by calling 306-787-2815.  Be sure to follow the RSM’s social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  The RSM, located at 2445 Albert Street, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Admission is by donation.


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