The spirit of Saskatchewan is reflected in the culture, history and traditions of First Nations and Métis people. Stories of Saskatchewan’s past include tales of legendary chiefs like Poundmaker and Big Bear, and Métis leaders Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Today’s modern Saskatchewan Aboriginal culture is one that honours the past while building toward an exciting future.
The experience of Saskatchewan’s First Nations, their knowledge of the land, and their vibrant culture can be explored at heritage sites, museums, galleries and events throughout the province. Visitors are invited to build a tipi, create Aboriginal handcrafts, prepare a hide or taste delicious bannock. Ancient tales of people who have lived on this land for thousands of years are told in detail and with passion.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park (see video above), one of Canada’s National Historic Sites, brings to life the history and culture of the Northern Plains Indians. The Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre houses a collection of artifacts relating to First Nations, Métis and pioneer history from 1870 to 1905.
The First Nations Gallery at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina focuses on the art, traditions and lifestyles of Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal peoples. Authentic Native heritage programs allow visitors to immerse themselves in this fascinating and spiritual culture.