National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 is always a highlight, but it’s far from the only celebration of Indigenous culture and community that’s happening in Saskatchewan this summer. Hopefully the weather cooperates for all the outdoor events, and everyone has a great time. /Gregory Beatty

Two-Spirit Pride Festival
Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation
June 15
This fourth annual festival includes a flag-raising, parade, a lunch and learn session and more. Presented in partnership with OutSaskatoon.

Regina Urban Treaty Days
June 19–21
This three-day event is presented by Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services Inc., and will be held at The Gathering Place (4001 3rd Ave. N.). “Celebrating the Beauty & Resilience of Indigenous Women” is the theme, and the event includes a variety of family-friendly activities and competitions along with community breakfasts and BBQs, an arts and craft show and more. 306-522-7494

Solstice On the South Saskatchewan
June 21–23
This three-day festival is presented in partnership with One Arrow First Nation at the band’s rodeo grounds, and includes music, art and culture.

National Indigenous Peoples Day • June 21

Batoche National Historic Site
Family-friendly day of activities to celebrate traditional and contemporary First Nations and Métis culture.

Rock Your Roots
Victoria Park, Saskatoon
The theme of this fourth annual celebration is Re-igniting the Fire. It begins with a pipe ceremony at 7 a.m. followed by a walk to promote reconciliation at 9:30 a.m. From there, the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre will host a NIPD celebration that includes a public lunch at noon and family-friendly entertainment and children’s activities.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park
This day-long event features guided walks, tipi raisings, traditional games, puppet shows, dance performances, bannock baking, artisan tables and more. It’s capped off by a family comedy show with Don Burnstick and live music by The Rebels from 6–9 p.m.

Culture, Community, and Reconciliation
The Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan is hosting this NIPD celebration at Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium. It features music by Dean Smith Band, Yellowsky, Krystle Pederson and Lancelot Knight, Shayne Lazarowich & The Untamed, Monika Gerow and KielaLatina.

Gordon First Nation Pow Wow
June 28–30306-835-2232

Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Pow Wow
June 28–30

Métis Connection
Grasslands National Park
July 1 – Sep. 2
Each Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. throughout the summer the national park is hosting an afternoon of storytelling, music, art and more that explores the special connection of Métis people to the land.

Red Pheasant Cree Nation Pow Wow
July 2–4

Mistawasis Néhiyawak Traditional Pow Wow
July 2–4

Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation Pow Wow
July 5–7

Lakota Connection
Grasslands National Park
July 5 – Aug. 30
Each Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. throughout the summer the national park is hosting an afternoon of storytelling and art-making with artist Kim Soo Goodtrack that celebrates Lakota culture and history.

Louis Riel Relay & Kidfest
Batoche National Historic Site
July 6
Selected by Louis Riel as the site of a provisional government in 1885, Batoche was also where the last battle in the Northwest Resistance occurred. This event includes recreational and competitive relays, live entertainment, a pie-eating contest and more.

Kahkewistahaw Competition Pow Wow
July 9–11

James Smith Cree Nation Pow Wow
July 12–14

Yellow Quill Traditional Pow Wow
July 12–14

Tony Cote Summer Games
July 14–19
This event features Indigenous athletes from across Saskatchewan, and is being hosted by the Flying Dust First Nation near Meadow Lake. In addition to competition in archery, athletics, canoeing, softball, golf and tennis, there is a trade show and an Indigenous cultural celebration.

Back to Batoche Days
July 18–21
This annual celebration of Métis culture is at Batoche National Historic Site and nearby festival grounds. It includes traditional games and entertainment from fiddling and jigging to square-dancing, an art and craft show, and chuckwagon and chariot races.

Canadian Pro Chuckwagon Races
Little Pine First Nation
July 19–21

Carry The Kettle First Nation Pow Wow
July 19–21

Onion Lake Cree Nation Pow Wow
July 19–21

One Arrow First Nation Pow Wow
July 20–21

Zagime Anishinabek Competition Pow Wow
July 21–23

Canadian Pro Chuckwagon Races
Poundmaker Cree Nation
July 25–28

TATC Pow Wow Celebration
July 30–Aug. 1
This pow wow is hosted by Touchwood Agency Tribal Council, and is held at the Kawacatoose First Nation pow wow grounds.

Muskoday First Nation Traditional Pow Wow
Aug. 2–4

Poundmaker Storytellers Festival
Cut Knife
Aug. 6–8
Chief Poundmaker, as most people hopefully know, recently had a treason conviction from the 1885 Northwest Resistance erased by the federal government. This festival is being presented by Miyawata Culture Inc. at Poundmaker​ Cree First Nation. It includes storytelling, live performances and other cultural celebrations by local, provincial and international Indigenous artists.

Pasqua First Nation Traditional Pow Wow
Aug. 7–8

John Arcand Fiddle Fest
Aug. 8–11
This fiddle festival at Windy Acres near Saskatoon includes workshops, concerts, old tyme dances, Métis dance and cultural activities and children’s programming. There’s free unserviced camping on site, and both weekend and day passes are available with kids 12 and under admitted gratis when accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Standing Buffalo First Nation Pow Wow
Aug. 9–11

Canadian Pro Chuckwagon Races
Aug. 9–11

Canadian Pro Chuckwagon Races
Aug. 14–18

Piapot Traditional Pow Wow
Aug. 16–18

Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation Pow Wow
Aug. 16–19

Mosquito First Nation Pow Wow
Aug. 20–22

Ochapowace Cree Nation Pow Wow
Aug. 23–25

Thundering Hills Pow Wow
Aug. 27–29

Flying Dust First Nation Pow Wow
Aug. 30 – Sep. 1
This annual pow wow marks the end of the 2019 outdoor pow wow season in Saskatchewan.