Prairie author Thelma Poirier of Glentworth was the guest speaker at the Swift Current Museum's monthly lunch and learn, Oct. 11. She spoke about her latest publication, “The Grasslanders – Ranch Stories from Grasslands National Park.” The book is a tribute to the ranchers who lived on the land before the establishment of Grasslands National Park. It tells the stories of the ranchers and their families in their own voice. Poirier was contracted by Parks Canada to write the book and she used information from countless interviews with ranchers as well as her own historical research.

 

A delegation of staff and pre-kindergarten students from Central School were guests at a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division's board of education, Oct. 10. Principal Angela Schindel and pre-kindergarten teacher Kelsie White made a presentation about the benefits of the pre-kindergarten program and spoke about the daily activities of pre-kindergarten students at Central School. Thereafter the board members had a special reading activity with the students, who brought their favourite books along for the occasion.

 

The Swift Current Broncos remained undefeated with a 6-0 record after two games during the Thanksgiving weekend. The Broncos won their home opener 5-2 against the Kootenay ICE in front of a sold out crowd at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex, Oct. 7. Tyler Steenbergen continued his strong performance and scored two goals. The following day the Broncos won 4-3 against the Warriors in Moose Jaw, which was the Moose Jaw team's first defeat this season and gave the Broncos the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Steenbergen scored one goal to bring his goal total to 13 after six games, which makes him the top goal scorer in the league. Aleksi Heponiemi's 16 assists is the highest in the league and the two team mates are leading the league on total points, with Steenbergen and Heponiemi both recording 19 points.

 

The Southwest Multicultural Association hosted a Canada 150 celebration in association with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan and other partners at the Living Sky Casino event centre in Swift Current, Oct. 5. The evening's program started with musical and dance performances by local performers. Students from Great Plains College's English language training classes sang the Canadian national anthem and Dee Patel performed the national anthem of India. Seven-year-old Pearl Munim of Swift Current performed a Bollywood dance, and the group Dreamers (Ryan Ryu, Skylar Kim, Soye Ryu, and Sam Kim) sang songs on world peace. The main event was the performance of the Odissi, a major ancient Indian classical dance, by the acclaimed Odissi dancer Debamitra Sengupta and her Tarangini dance troupe from Kolkata, India. The group's visit to Canada was arranged by the government of India through the Indian High Commissioner's office in Ottawa in acknowledgement of Canada's 150th birthday celebrations and Swift Current was the only small city on the group's tour itinerary.

The Swift Current Branch Library hosted a book reading by two notable authors to celebrate Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week, Oct. 4. North Battleford author Kathleen Carlisle read from her book Fiery Joe: The Maverick who lit up the West. It is the first biography written about the life and legacy of Joseph Phelps, a farmer and politician who served as minister of natural resources and industrial development in the government of Premier Tommy Douglas. Phelps laid the groundwork for rural electrification in Saskatchewan and his views on women's issues, the environment and First Nations rights were ahead of the times. Award-winning Regina author and prairie naturalist Trevor Herriot read from his latest book Towards a Prairie Atonement. He addresses the need for the protection of the remaining native grasslands through a reflection on the history of Métis dispossession on the prairie. Similar book reading events took place in other communities across the province during the first week of October to celebrate reading and Saskatchewan authors and publishers.

 

Various activities took place in Swift Current from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 as part of the 8th annual Culture Days weekend in Canada. This national event happens on the last Friday and weekend in September in communities across the country to celebrate the diversity of cultural life in Canada through free events that are hosted by community and cultural organizations to promote greater cultural engagement by Canadians. The events in Swift Current started on Sept. 29 with an opening reception at the Art Gallery of Swift Current for the new exhibition Plantscapes of the Prairies by Maple Creek artist Geoff Phillips. On Sept. 30 the Swift Current Museum hosted an event to officially release the latest production in the museum's video series, Stories from the Great Southwest. This video, History of the  Métis, highlights the role of the Métis through the story of local resident Barb Parchman's family, who used Red River carts during the 19th century to transport freight from Montana to Battleford. After the video release there was a Red River cart building demonstration by George Fayant, a Red River cart builder from Regina. The opening of the Swift Current Museum's new exhibition Let's Dance was celebrated on Oct. 1 with different dance demonstrations by local groups during the afternoon.

 

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