25 reasons why you should celebrate Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Party

It’s the downpour on the horizon.

In these humid August days, flying about, this is the brainwave of Saskatchewan’s Liberal government: a new generation of women and men of all ages, from all backgrounds and to all parts of the province to collectively celebrate what makes them great.

Tonight’s party will represent a rare opportunity for Saskatchewaners to meet their next generation in action.

Tonight will, at least symbolically, be a first step. First, the province’s first mainstream Indigenous party, the Saskatchewan Party, which came to power in 2007. (Tonight’s event will be for members of the Saskatchewan Party, which is not technically Indigenous, although Saskatchewan’s first non-Indigenous premier, Roy Romanow, is a Saskatchewan Roughrider).

Second, the party will mark three firsts: the first Canadian youth party, the first Saskatchewan youth party from all levels of government, and, for a select group of people invited to an exclusive reception, first Canadian-Canadian Indigenous youth party.

Third, it will be the first Indigenous cultural night since the first Indian Council of Saskatchewan was founded in 1975.

But whether these magical firsts help heal a province that is still wrestling with the legacy of its hard-fought history is hard to know. Still, when Regina sits nearly at the helm of a formative and promising meeting of the country’s first mountain and tundra, I say, in a flash, no, this is the place to call home.

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