September 30, 2023
Activities were held across Canada on September 30th. In Regina Beach, the teepee and teachings were part of the activities held at the school and organized by the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre (LMLCC ). Indeed, works year-round to highlight and promote understanding of Indigenous culture. According to Board President Larry Hall, "We need to do more than just share a Land Acknowledgement prior to introducing art exhibits. We are working to achieve calls to action, which apply to the Arts & Cultural Centre. Giving First Nations and Metis artists a venue to display and sell their work, as well as providing residents with a chance to experience aspects of culture, such as dance and visual art, is something we strive towards. This type of activity happens all year long at the arts centre."
As a testament to this, a semi-permanent Teepee structure stands alongside the arts centre itself. It was created in the summer of 2023, and to this day, visitors to the art centre are encouraged to decorate the Teepee.
LMLCC was a busy place on Truth and Reconciliation Day, as visitors gathered to learn more about Indigenous dance. The White Buffalo Calf Singers drum group accompanied Jingle Dress Dancer Connie Starblanket and her Mother, Margaret Starblanket, as they stepped in time to the beat of the drum for a dance demonstration. The drummers and the dancers travelled from the Starblanket Cree Nation, which is located just north of Balcarres.
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