The Town of Strathmore and Siksika Nation are partnering to cohost the first ever "Lead by Example" Powwow, which is a memorial powwow to honour Kakato'si Kristian Ayoungman.
“The 'Lead by Example' Powwow is an important next step for the Town of Strathmore and the entire region’s reconciliation efforts; a step we are proud to take with Siksika Nation.” said Mayor Pat Fule.
Kristian's mother Melody Ayoungman has been one of the key organizers of the event as well. On top of her important role in organizing the Powwow, she was also in the award-winning documentary "Ayoungman", where she challenged Strathmore and Siksika to work together and learn about one another.
"Kristian's mother has been working really hard, and it's going to be something that's going to hopefully continue to bring Siksika, Strathmore, and Wheatland County closer together. It's something to honor Kristian's legacy in town, what he was like as a Strathmore person, because he played in our hockey system, he went to our school."
As for the powwow, Fule is looking forward to what should be a wonderful celebration of Siksika culture and Kristian's memory.
"The 'Lead by Example' Powwow will be a regional, high-energy event showcasing vibrant culture, song, dance, traditional craft vendors, authentic cuisine, storytelling, and demonstrations.”
While the main focus of the powwow is of course honouring Kristian, Fule added it should also be a great economic opportunity for the Town, as he expects the powwow to bring in many people across Canada and the USA both. Most importantly, Fule is looking forward to continuing to work with Siksika Nation to further Strathmore's reconciliation efforts, while also honouring Kristian.
Over the last couple of years, Strathmore has worked with Siksika Nation for various steps towards reconciliation, including planting the Indigenous Healing Garden in 2021, and town employees receiving training from Siksika Elders.
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