December 11, 2023

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About 10,000 visits had been made to the Athabasca Tribal Council’s annual cultural competition this previous weekend.

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The four-day competition was held Thursday to Sunday at Snye Level Park and showcased the Dene, Cree and Métis cultures of the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area. Different Indigenous nations participated and this yr’s competition included Inuit throat singers.

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There was loads of drumming, dancing, singing and meals shared all through the occasion. Artists taught individuals how one can make clothes, crafts and instruments with moose cover, birchbark, wooden and materials. There have been trappers and hunters displaying individuals how they cleaned and ready meats, have a tendency hides and used instruments.

Karla Buffalo, CEO of the ATC, mentioned the competition is a part of a revival in Indigenous tradition that’s taking place. Most of the cultural practices that had been displayed brazenly had been as soon as unlawful or frowned upon by the Canadian authorities.

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Buffalo mentioned searching restrictions had been as soon as so extreme that hunters had been compelled to go away reserves with out permission from Indian Brokers and hunt at night time. The stays can be cleaned earlier than morning so nobody can be punished. 

“We had been getting ready for weeks when it comes to having individuals hunt and collect meals from the land. We had younger individuals main us in Dene hand video games,” mentioned Buffalo. “Our persons are not being managed by colonial authorities practices and we’re reviving our tradition.”

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) mentioned the cultural competition is a reunion for the Indigenous communities scattered throughout the area. Non-Indigenous individuals had been invited to affix and be taught in regards to the Cree, Dene and Métis peoples of the area.

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“The one factor about our tradition is it’s very vibrant and thrilling. There’s nothing prefer it. Whenever you wake it again up, you higher be ready for it,” mentioned Adam, who can be president of the ATC. “It was very alive and nicely and we’re bringing it again. The thrill within the eyes of the younger individuals is all it’s essential to know.”

Buffalo mentioned her favorite moments of the competition was seeing the involvement of younger individuals within the competition. The suggestions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals was overwhelmingly constructive. She hopes the competition will assist efforts for reconciliation within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area.

“Fort McMurray is such a various group with so many alternative cultures. It was wonderful to observe how many individuals from so many cultures got here down,” she mentioned. “They mentioned they felt so welcome and a few even mentioned they felt connections to their very own properties once they heard the drumming or tried among the meals.”

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A dancer in regalia on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Dancers on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A man in regalia dances at the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural festival at Snye Point Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A person in regalia dances on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A dancer at the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural festival at Snye Point Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A dancer on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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A drummer on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Dancers at the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural festival at Snye Point Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Dancers on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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A dancer on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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A person in regalia on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Two boys in regalia on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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A lady in regalia with a child service on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 15, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Drummers on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Drummers on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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A workforce competes in Dene Hand Video games on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Brian Bird of the Fort McMurray First Nation 468 tends to the hide of a bison that was hunted in Saskatchewan at the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural festival at Snye Point Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Brian Hen of the Fort McMurray First Nation 468 tends to the cover of a bison that was hunted in Saskatchewan on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A woman slices moose meat at the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural festival at Snye Point Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A lady slices moose meat on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A woman makes bannock at the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural festival at Snye Point Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A lady makes bannock on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Elders share stories at the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural festival at Snye Point Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Elders share tales on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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A teepee on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community

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