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Cultural College Opened In Traditional Ceremony

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A traditional Indian ceremony Wednesday afternoon, April 21, marked the official opening of the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College and the new Saskatchewan Indian Community College.

The events highlighted the second day of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian All Chiefs' conference at the Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon.

The ceremony was also the official kick-off for Treaty 6 Centennial and was also used to officially open the Sarain Stump Art Gallery located at the Indian Art Centre.

More than 200 persons, including Chiefs; band delegates; M.P.'s; Department of Indian Affairs officials; out-of-province Indian leaders; watched the ceremony performed by Indian elders.

Other ceremonies were to have taken place at the University of Saskatchewan, but rain altered the schedule.

One of the highlights during the ceremony was the presentation of pipes to each of the 69 Chiefs, and also the presentation of pipes, headdresses, and Cree names by the elders to the four initiators of the colleges. The four were: FSI Chief Dave Ahenakew, "Sun Walker"; FSI Vice-President Solomon Sanderson, "Top Sky Child", Cultural College Director Albert Bellegarde, "Morning Dancer", and Rodney Soonias, "Eagle Child".

Also during the ceremony, presentations were made by the Ontario delegation to the Indian Cultural College. Marylou Fox from the Ojibway Cultural Foundation presented a scroll and sweetgrass to Cultural College Director, Albert Bellegarde. Chief Debagisse from Westbay, Ontario, presented a blanket made by the ladies from the Cultural Foundation College, while Chief Jim McGregor presented a painting done on hide.

Otto Lang cutting ribbon to officially open Cultural College
Transport Minister Otto Lang
cutting the ribbon to officially
open the Cultural College.
Smith Atimoyoo
Smith Atimoyoo
Ernest Tootoosis
Ernest Tootoosis


Cultural College Opened in Traditional Ceremony

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Chief Myles Venne
Chief Myles Venne receiving his pipe.
Doug Niel
DOUG NEIL [MP - Moose Jaw]
Chief Jim Debogisse and Chief Jim McGregor
Chief Jim Debogisse and Chief Jim McGregor from Ontario presented a blanket to the Cultural College.
Minister Tchorzewski presenting a cheque to Dave Ahenakew for Treaty #6 activities
Continuing Education Minister Tchorzewski presenting a cheque to Dave Ahenakew for Treaty #6 activities.

Presentations of beaded chokers and FSI conference cases were made to the following dignitaries: Senator Norrie from Ottawa; Lorne Nystrom M.P.,Yorkton; Doug Neil, MP, Moose Jaw; and Bob Bogle, Minister of Native Affairs, Alberta.

Other presentations of beaded chokers and FSI conference cases were also made to out-of-province guests: Harold Cardinal, President of the Indian Association of Alberta; Ahab Spence, President of the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood; and to the Ontario delegation, Chief Jim McGregor, Chief Debagisse, and to Marylou Fox.

Following the two and one-half hour ceremony, Transport Minister Otto Lang cut a ribbon at the Bessborough symbolically opening the Cultural College. He was presented with a beaded tie and FSI conference case.

Provincial Continuing Education Minister Ed Tchorzewski also cut a ribbon at the Bessborough to open the Community College. Minister Tchorzewski was also presented with a beaded tie and case.

Transport Minister Otto Lang, in a short speech, said he was encouraged by the work which is being carried on by the FSI at the colleges for the preservation of Indian culture. He said over the years, he has been interested in the challenge of trying to adapt teaching programs for young people whose background and interests stem from a culture different than what text books portray.

This ceremony was a memorable and an emotional experience for all those who attended. It was certainly a proud moment for all the Indians of Saskatchewan.

Harold Cardinal
Harold Cardinal, President of the Indian Association of Alberta.


Cultural College Opened in Traditional Ceremony

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Naming Ceremony
Rodney Soonias
Rodney Soonias
Albert Bellegarde
Albert Bellegarde
Sol Sanderson
Sol Sanderson
Provincial Indian Elders
PROVINCIAL INDIAN ELDERS
Some of Saskatchewan's Indian Elders
participated at the history-making ceremony
[left to right], Joe Williams, Allan Ahenakew,
Angus Merasty, John Tootoosis, Dan Pelletier,
Joe Daniels, George Ermine, Pius Dustyhorn,
Joe Duquette, Jim Canipotato, and John Gambler.