MANITOU SAKAHĪCAN: REVIVING THE HEALING WATERS
– It all started with a lake.
A new partnership formed between the Resort Village of Manitou Beach and the Touchwood Tribal Council is looking at ways to bring back the healing powers of the Little Manitou Lake.
The Little Manitou Lake is a small salt-water lake located in central Saskatchewan. To the First Nations people in that region, it is the lake of healing waters.
In 2017, the Resort Village of Manitou Beach partnered with the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council (TATC) on a community project called Manitou Sakahīcan. The project, which received funding from SaskCulture’s Community Cultural Engagement and Planning, was created with the hopes of establishing a relationship between the First Nations people and the residents of the Resort Village of Manitou Beach. Now, this partnership is building lasting connections, creating new opportunities for both communities and looking at ways to bring back the healing potency of the lake.
TATC is an organization formed by four First Nations communities which includes Day star, George Gordon, Kawacatoose and Muskowekwan. Learn more
The Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards were presented by His Honour, the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan at Government House in Regina on October 28th. Congratulations to the following recipients from the Prairie Central District:
Kiara Dale, Warman
Isaiah Hunter, Lumsden
Gold Award ceremonies are held whenever possible, connected to a visit to Saskatchewan by the Governor General of Canada or by a member of the Royal Family. At those ceremonies, recipients are presented with their Gold Award certificate. In the meantime, Gold Award achievers are invited to receive their Gold Pin when the annual Silver Award ceremonies are held at Government House in Regina. Congratulations to the Gold Pin recipient: James Hawkes, Watrous
More information about the Duke of Edinburgh Awards can be found on their website.
Ashley Baerg of Dalmeny is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. October Athlete of the Month Award. She was nominated by Waterski Wakeboard Saskatchewan. Competing in the 2018 USA Adaptive National Waterski Championships, Baerg broke her previous world record in the jump category of 17.2 metres by posting a 17.9 m mark. She has held the record since spring of 2017. She placed first in all her events, achieving the highest overall cost score of all women in all classifications. Congratulations, Ashley. >> Media Release
Congratulations to the following Prairie Central District winners of the 2018 Football Saskatchewan Pass, Punt and Kick Competitions:
- Kaelyn Lorenz, Wynyard – Girls – 10 & under Pass 58ft 1 in
- Kiyra Kletzel, Wynyard – Girls – 12 & under Pass 81ft 5in
- Jet Prpich, Kenaston – Boys – 8 & under Punt 61ft 9in
- Isabell Melsted, Wynyard – Girls – 8 & under Kick 38ft 0in
Aileen Martin, Community Consultant for Prairie Central District, was pleased to be able to assist the Common Weal Community Arts Organization in hosting successful art workshops with the Buffalo People’s Art Institute at Fort Qu’Appelle in September. This was held in conjunction with the Treaty Four Celebrations.
The workshops on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 included learning about the history of the Buffalo then making small drums with the Buffalo parfleche (hide). Some of the participants were adults with learning disabilities who were amazed with the buffalo and so proud of the drums they had made. For the workshop on Thursday, September 20th, they also used parfleche. Participants shared in a small smudge ceremony, learned the history of the Buffalo on the Prairies then made several pieces of jewelry.
An added success from this workshop was a connection made between the care home for the adults with disabilities that took part and the Principal from the Bulyea School. They are now going to be “Special Friends” of the school and will be invited to such things as community walks, Halloween parades, Remembrance Day Services and Christmas Concerts along with so many other activities that the school does in the small community. It’s a great relationship for both parties who have so much to give and to learn from.
Congratulations to Samantha Fisher and Tia Zimmerman from the Prairie Central District for winning medals in the swimming competitions at the National Special Olympic games held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from July 31 – August 4, 2018. We are so very proud of both of you. Check out their placings on the National Special Olympic website.