FNUniv home to Cultural Village during North American Indigenous Games
- Jeanelle Mandes | July 11, 2014
FNUniv to host NAIG's Cultural Village
The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) will be the host of the Cultural Village during the week of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Regina.
The Cultural Village will be packed with events, booths, and entertainment that will keep everyone entertained for the whole week of NAIG.
The entertainment will be located on the lawn of FNUniv with a main stage that will showcase a variety of Indigenous entertainment all week.
There will be a Tipi Village with a variety of exhibits and demonstrations including Tipi workshops that will start from Monday, July 21 and will run until Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.
This will be free of charge and open to all of the athletes and to the public. The schedules for the workshops are: teepee teachings and protocols, traditional dance, Indigenous California lifestyle, Métis, Sweetgrass teachings, singing and drumming, elders storytelling, traditional hand games, Saskatchewan Indigenous languages, Indigenous filmmaking, Treaty awareness, dream catchers, carving, beading, writing and storytelling, cultural elements from the Northwest Territories, and finally the closing ceremony.
There will also be Indigenous food booths, a VIP area, a trade show, the Elder's program and a first aid booth. Everything will be accessible for the public.
The opening ceremonies will be held at Mosaic Stadium on Sunday, July 20 but after that, everything else will be held at FNUniv.
The headliners for each day at the Cultural Village are Crystal Shawanda, Inez Jasper, Digging Roots, Indian City and Joey Stylez.
The closing ceremonies will be held on the Saturday, July 26 starting at 7:30 until 10:30 that evening. Some of the Indigenous entertainment will be: Sagkeeng's Finest, Asham Stompers, Island Breeze, TNT Square Dancers, Aboriginal School of Dance and the headlining performance will be A Tribe Called Red.
A map of the Cultural Village and a full list of entertainment can be viewed on the 2014 NAIG's website.