On March 13, the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) partnered with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) to create a virtual gathering. This gathering was designed to bring hope, uplift the spirits of northern Saskatchewan communities and provide information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities across the province participated, and many artists from northern Saskatchewan performed.
The gathering featured Indigenous acts, including bands, comedians, singers and drum groups. Government officials and health experts also helped to dispel misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 vaccinations.
The "All in This Together" event had a variety of speakers who took part, including:
- Elders, and executive members from PAGC, MLTC and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations;
- Health officials from the Saskatchewan Health Authority;
- Premier Scott Moe;
- Russ Mirasty, Saskatchewan's Lieutenant-Governor; and
- Government representatives from federal, provincial and municipal levels.
Vice Chief Joseph Tsannie, from the Prince Albert Grand Council spoke during the event and started by thanking "all the wonderful and amazing frontline workers that continue to work very hard to keep our loved ones and communities safe from COVID-19." The Vice Chief continued to share how he hopes "this virtual event will lift your spirits up and bring hope and re-energize you to keep you going in our efforts to come together and beat this virus by following the health guidelines." Lastly, he thanked "everyone who contributed their time to this event."
With more than 390 minutes of entertainment, positive messages from leaders, and invaluable information about battling the pandemic, this successful event brought people together throughout our great province. If you missed the online event, there is still an opportunity to stream it on YouTube.
Produced by: Ministry of Government Relations
Source: Ministry of Government Relations