Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

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.

 

Thursday, 05 October 2017 13:32

Blenders kicks off with a bang

The 2017-18 Blenders Art + Music concert season at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current started with high-energy performances by two very different groups, Sept. 30.

The City of Brooks features a lot of different cultures and it abides by a vision statement which states that it strives to be "A community that people are proud to call home."

The stories of the ranchers who lived on the land that is now part of the Grasslands National Park have been recorded in a new publication by award-winning prairie writer Thelma Poirier.

Everett Hindley has been a staff member for Swift Current MLA and Premier Brad Wall for 18 years, but now the Swift Current resident is launching his own political career.

The RCMP has taken a significant amount of drugs off Swift Current streets since the start of April.

Social Services Minister Paul Merriman toured Dorie’s House during a visit to Swift Current on Sept. 27 to meet with different community-based organizations.

The success of a Swift Current microbrewery has been recognized by the the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce.

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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