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The sāk­i­hi­wē fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 10th edi­tion this sum­mer with three days of music and cul­ture fea­tur­ing Indige­nous-iden­ti­fy­ing per­form­ers from many nations. Pre­sent­ed by Abo­rig­i­nal Music Man­i­to­ba (AMM), the fes­ti­val runs June 14 to 16 on Treaty One Ter­ri­to­ry, in the city of Win­nipeg and fea­tures more than 20 artists from ter­ri­to­ries across Tur­tle Island, includ­ing many local artists. 

Artists set to play this year include hip hop artist Antoine Edwards Jr., Arc­tic Song’s ensem­ble of Inu­it musi­cians, pop/​soul artist Aspects, Anishi­naabe DJ and pro­duc­er Boogey the Beat, country/​rocker Dawn Char­trand, coun­try singer/​songwriter Don Amero, hip hop pow­er­hous­es Eek­wol and T‑Rhyme in col­lab­o­ra­tion, Inuk pop artist Kel­ly Fras­er, Anishi­naabe musi­cian Leonard Sum­n­er, Low Bud­get Rock Star from north­ern Man­i­to­ba, elec­tro-pop throat singer Riit, Innu reg­gae singer Shauit, rap­per Zedone, and more are set to take over sāk­i­hi­wē fes­ti­val stages, along with hoop dancers Shan­ley Spence, San­dra Lam­ouche, and Rylee Sand­berg. Mem­bers of Ris­ing Sun Pow Wow Club, But­ter­fly Club and Art­Beat Stu­dio par­tic­i­pants will also perform. 

Grand Entry, pre­sent­ed by Sec­tion 35, will kick things off at The Good Will Social Club on June 14 for the fes­ti­val’s only night­time, tick­et­ed event. The fes­ti­val brings the music to the peo­ple, with per­form­ers hit­ting stages at block par­ties at Ka Ni Kanichihk, Cen­tral Park, the Tur­tle Island Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, and the Mag­nus Elia­son Recre­ation Cen­tre. AMM is set to part­ner with Ka Ni Kanichihk, Cen­tral Neigh­bour­hoods, the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Ita­ta Cen­tre, and the Spence Neigh­bour­hood Asso­ci­a­tion for the events, which are free, all ages, and fam­i­ly-friend­ly. Most will also include free bar­be­cue and boun­cy cas­tles, so bring lawn chairs for a day of music and community. 

This fes­ti­val is dif­fer­ent,” said fes­ti­val direc­tor Alan Greyeyes in a release. We take the music to the fam­i­lies because we want Indige­nous kids to see more than the car­i­ca­tures of Indige­nous peo­ple in pro­fes­sion­al sport logos; the hunter/​gatherer ref­er­ences in his­to­ry books; and, the one-dimen­sion­al char­ac­ters in Hol­ly­wood films.”

Check out the sched­ule below and find out more about sāk­i­hi­wē fes­ti­val at sak​i​hi​we​.ca