‘We need to know about them’: Newcomers experience Indigenous culture at Saskatoon showcase

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Randi Lynn Nanemahoo Candline demonstrates jingle dancing for people celebrating ‘150 plus’ years of diversity in Saskatoon. (Bridget Yard/CBC News)

To celebrate “150 plus” years of diversity in Canada, the Saskatoon Open Door Society hosted a showcase of cultures, introducing newcomers to Indigenous people and their history on Wednesday.

“Like the name says: First Nations. We are first peoples here and we have a lot to offer,” said Florence Highway, an elder from Pelican Narrows, who blessed the event.

“We have friendship, we’re open, educated, and we can provide some kind of assistance as they adjust to the new surroundings.”

The event showcased the dancing of Randi Lynn Nanemahoo Candline, a jingle dancer from Bigstone Cree Nation, who then taught others how to execute simple steps.

Newcomers to Canada are not always exposed to Indigenous culture, but events like this one could lead to better understanding, Highway said.

“They don’t see us in the office, or at different events like this, in a positive light,” she said.

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