BHP Billiton and SICC partner to celebrate Spirit of Our Nations

by mmnationtalk on September 18, 20122463 Views

BHP Billiton and SICC partner to celebrate Spirit of Our Nations

The Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC) is pleased to announce that BHP Billiton will once again be supporting the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) – Spirit of Our Nations Cultural Celebration and Pow Wow. The SICC is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2012 and this event, run on behalf of the FSIN, is one of the premier events being held to celebrate the contributions of all those  who have contributed to the Centre over the past four decades.

BHP Billiton’s Title Sponsor contribution of $50,000 to the FSIN – Spirit of Our Nations Cultural Celebration and Pow Wow is part of the ongoing commitment that BHP Billiton has given to supporting arts and culture in Saskatchewan.  In the year to June 2012 BHP Billiton supported 22 cultural events, including 11 Pow Wows.

 “Without the support of companies like BHP Billiton, this event would not be possible,” said Dorothy Myo, President of the SICC and Chairperson of the 2012 Spirit of Our Nations. “This is a very family friendly event and brings together dancers and singers of all age groups from Elders to the little tiny tots.  Together we celebrate and keep the First Nations culture alive and vibrant.”

Tim Cutt, President of BHP Billiton Canada Inc, said BHP Billiton’s commitment to sustainability drives the company to contribute to the well-being of communities in Saskatchewan. “One of our core values is to support the communities which we call home. Here in Saskatchewan, we are proud to be able to contribute to the rich cultural fabric of the province and help ensure that Aboriginal heritage is sustained and preserved. The 2012 FSIN – Spirit of Our Nations celebration is an important celebration of culture and heritage and we are honoured to be part of that celebration,” he said.

The 2012 FSIN – Spirit of Our Nations will be held in Saskatoon at the Credit Union Centre on October 26th– 28th, 2012. The event brings together over 10,000 attendees, 1,000 dancers, and 200 singers to celebrate the tradition and culture of First Nations people from throughout western Canada and beyond.

This event is open to the public and all people of Saskatchewan are invited to join with Elders, Leaders and the general public to witness the traditional song and dance of First Nations people in Saskatchewan. 

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre

Lloyd Martell, Director of Communications & Public Relations     306-244-1146

BHP Billiton

Bronwyn Wilkinson 604-340-8753; bronwyn.wilkinson@bhpbilliton.com   

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