SICC Elders Honouring Ceremony
Annually, the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) hosts its Annual Spring Celebration Pow Wow, a ceremony and an opportunity to share our First Nations culture with the rest of the world. It is also a celebration of spring to recognize this joyous time of year. We are thankful for having seen another winter pass and look forward to the rebirth of our Mother Earth.
It is also a time to celebrate our Elders. Since 2010, the SICC is pleased to sponsor the annual Elders Honouring Ceremony that recognizes a Saskatchewan Elder for all the attributes of an Elder as well as being a role model; one who upholds their traditional beliefs and ceremonies, their contribution to both language and cultural revitalization, their stance on education and Treaty protection and, their involvement with initiatives that the SICC is involved.
Elders are recognized within First Nations’ communities as having great knowledge and deep understanding of the traditional cultures of their communities including the history, ceremonies, songs, dances and cultural background as well as having deep respect for Mother Earth and all life. They conduct their exemplary lives with great humbleness.
While the characteristics of what defines an Elder vary between language groups and communities, knowledge and wisdom, coupled with the recognition and respect of the people of their community, are the essential defining characteristics of an Elder.
Pow Wows are ceremonies that celebrate First Nations song and dance. In the spirit of celebration it is also an appropriate time to celebrate and honour Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Elders and Knowledge Keepers are vital to any First Nations ceremony.
2015, Elder Olive McArthur, Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation
2015, Elder Sarah McArthur, White Bear First Nation
2014, Elder Lambert Sylvestre, Birch Narrows Dene Nation
2013, Elder Jean Oakes, Nekaneet First Nation
2012, Elder Fred Paskemin, Sweetgrass First Nation
2011, the late Elder Velma Goodfeather, Standing Buffalo First Nation
2010, Elder Harry Blackbird, Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation
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