SASKATOON, SK – In a statement released today, November 18, 19, and 20, 2016 at the SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
This year’s theme for the event is ‘Protecting, Honouring and Respecting our Women.’
“Earlier this year, FSIN Chiefs-in-Assembly and the Assembly of First Nations passed a resolution calling for tougher laws for men who are convicted of violence towards Indigenous women,” stated FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “We must have zero tolerance for violence and abusive behavior to our women and our girls. Women gave us life; women are the hearts and strengths of our homes, our families and our nations. We must teach by example to our young ones that women and girls must be honored and protected, in turn they will live this way and respect women.”
“Water is the life blood of mother earth, so too are women, the givers of life,” said FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear. “In support of our brothers and sisters in Standing Rock, there will be a blanket dance following the Friday evening grand entry. The money raised will go towards supporting the needs of the people protecting the water in the traditional territory of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.”
The weekend celebrations and Pow Wow kicks off Friday night, November 18th, with the grand entry at 7pm. Shortly after will be the blanket dance fundraiser in which Miss Indian World, Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, will be a participant.
Ms. Finn states: “I am very honoured to be invited to be a part of the Spirit of our Nations powwow […] It`s very encouraging for my people from Standing Rock to get support from other tribes as they continue their efforts to protect the water.”