Casino Moose Jaw held a flag raising on Friday in observance of National Indigenous People’s Day. 

The ceremony saw both the Treaty 4 and Métis Nation flags raised on top of the casino’s roof beside the Canadian flag and Saskatchewan flag.  

MLA for Regina Rochdale, Laura Ross, was at the flag raising to deliver greetings on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. “Our government is committed to meaningful reconciliation, and this flag raising helps bring awareness to the history and the pivotal contribution of Indigenous peoples in our province.” 

SaskGaming President and CEO Blaine Pilatzke also shared his sentiments. “Since its inception, our corporation mandate has been firmly rooted in supporting First Nations communities throughout the province. It’s quite literally what drives our success and informs how we do business.” 

Former Treaty 4 spokesperson Edmund Bellegarde brought greetings on behalf of Treaty 4 Territory. “I want to acknowledge Alvin Francis for lifting the pipe this morning. That is an important aspect of our culture, our teachings, our foundations.” 

“I want to acknowledge our drum group today, and the flag songs that they’re going to honour us with and celebrate and mark this occasion,” he added.

Tyler Gervais shared words on behalf of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and spoke about the Métis flag being raised. “Not only is the symbolism of raising the flag being acknowledged, but also the symbolism of reconciliation, and what that truly means.” 

“Reconciliation is part of relationship building, and our relationship building starts the day that our people met with the non-Indigenous people, and the relationship continues today and every day moving forward,” he added. 

The Lone Creek drummers performed as the two flags were raised.  

This year marks the 150th year since Treaty 4 was signed.