Dancers, storytellers and more were featured at the Moose Jaw Events Centre on Friday to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day. 

The event was hosted by the City of Moose Jaw and Holy Trinity Catholic School Division, in partnership with the Moose Jaw Coop. It was free for the public to attend as well as all elementary and high school students in the city were invited to this come-and-go event. 

Included was various forms of Indigenous teachings, storytelling and dancing, including hoop dancing by Terrance Littletent, tipi teachings from Elder Archie Weenie and Metis jigging. 

One of the highlights throughout the day was the powwow dancers that included Moose Jaw’s own Wayne Fisher and Keeler’s Blair Kerr. 

Fisher said he started dancing when he was eight or 10 and continues the tradition at the age of 34. 

“It was something that was very unique and it spoke to me. When I would be sitting in a powwow, sitting in the stands just like you all are watching the dancers, it was a very cool and surreal feeling,” he said. 

He acknowledged that his son and daughter were joining him on the dance floor during Friday’s festivities. 

“It means a lot to me to have them to dance with us to carry on that tradition of dancing and showcasing our culture and sharing our culture with all of you,” Fisher said. 

Kerr said he, along with his brother and sister, were introduced to powwow dancing by their father and continued the tradition. 

“It was more-or-less just our way of life, our way of going about things. It really helps teach us who we are and to be proud of who we are, and dancing is our way of showing it,” Kerr said. 

He added that dancing for him is very much about family, healing and spirituality. He went a step further and talked about the importance of being able to perform during National Indigenous People’s Day. 

“For us to come here, it allows us to bring our spirituality into it, which opens that option for healing and to do that I'm very proud to be who I am and proud to say where I come from and proud to stand here today and do this for everyone here to witness,” said Kerr. 

To wrap up the powwow dancing, everyone in the audience was called down to the floor for a large round dance.