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STC Back-to-School Carnival

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More than 2,000 kids and families joined annual Nutrien Backpack Giveaway.


It’s our priority to give our kids a sense of community and to instill in them an excitement about education,” said STC Tribal Chief Mark Arcand. “We’ve been building this event for years and we are very pleased to see more families and kids taking part.
 



August 29, 2019 – Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC)’s annual Back-to-School Carnival continued to grow, with thousands of families and students turning out to celebrate their cultural roots and the kick-off to a new school year.

The multi-faceted event at White Buffalo Youth Lodge brought together people from across the community – ranging from youngsters enjoying bouncy castles to Elders sharing stories and traditional teaching in a special “Elders’ Corner.”

“It’s our priority to give our kids a sense of community and to instill in them an excitement about education,” said STC Tribal Chief Mark Arcand. “We’ve been building this event for years and we are very pleased to see more families and kids taking part.”

A highlight of the event is the annual Nutrien Backpack Giveaway. Each year Nutrien and now, a growing list of Nutrien suppliers, provide students between the ages of 5-17 with new backpacks and fresh school supplies to start the year. Over the past five years, the number of students participating has grown from around 500 to an estimated 2,500 this year.

“We have a true partnership with Nutrien and this is demonstrative of our partnership – it’s about community,” said Arcand. “Nutrien has been a big supporter of our education programs and they have introduced more of their business partners to what we do. Their support is a big part of helping our community event grow.”

The event has grown based on feedback from citizens on- and off-reserve, which led to the addition of the Elders’ Corner. The Carnival also included music, traditional food, a talent competition and face painting.

“Every day I hear from people the importance of learning from our Elders and passing down information whether it is on the reserve or off,” said Arcand. “In urban centres, that space is often not available or it is difficult to get to, so it is very special to be able to make it feel like home at White Buffalo.”
 

For more information, please contact:
Saskatoon Tribal Council
Bonnie Leask @ Creative Fire
P:     306 202 7572