Moose Jaw Co-op National Indigenous People’s Day will be happening at the Moose Jaw Events Centre on June 21, 2024. 

The City of Moose Jaw and Holy Trinity Catholic School Division will be co-hosting the event, with Moose Jaw Co-op participating as the title sponsor. 

Hayley Hart-Rushinko, acting manager of communications and stakeholder relations with the City of Moose Jaw, spoke about the growth of the event over the years and the need for a bigger venue.  

“Thanks to this new partnership, we are happy to share that all schools within Moose Jaw, as well as the general public, are invited to attend this full-day event of Indigenous storytelling, education, and performances.” 

While elementary and high school students will get invitations, the come-and-go event will also be free and open for everyone to attend.  

Mark Selinger, supervisor of learning and technology with Holy Trinity Catholic School Division, spoke about the partnership. 

“The collaborative efforts of Holy Trinity Catholic School Division, the Moose Jaw Co-op, and the City of Moose Jaw in celebrating National Indigenous People’s Day, exemplify a shared commitment to Reconciliation, cultural appreciation, and community engagement.” 

Geoff Anderson, Chief Executive Officer with the Moose Jaw Co-op, spoke about attending last year’s event for the first time. “I couldn't help but be captivated by the stories passed down through generations; each one carrying profound wisdom and timeless lessons.” 

“These stories, coupled with the exchange of gifts, symbolized not just a tradition, but a legacy – a legacy meant to guide our children towards kindness, and instill in them the importance of learning from these Indigenous leaders, who share wisdom on how to better treat each other,” added Anderson. 

This year’s event will include Indigenous dancing, storytelling, and teaching, with presenters from Treaty 4 Territory and area.