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Circle Project held its 2nd Anniversary Round Dance with a pipe ceremony and feast on March 15, 2019 in a continued celebration of their community service. Staff and volunteers busily prepared food and readied the Mâmawêyatitân Centre for the event. Led by Circle Project Elders, the pipe ceremony began shortly after 5 followed by the feast. The Round Dance began with drummers sharing their songs with the more than 500 individuals present throughout the evening. It was a beautiful sight seeing those in attendance, both young and old, as they partook in this traditional cultural activity. A giveaway included many items that were donated by Circle Project Staff and Council members in acknowledgement of the support given to our organization by the community. It filled us with joy watching the community as they danced and shared their appreciation. Staff distributed lunch bags just before midnight and after the drummers beat their drums for the last time that evening, everyone said their farewells and went home.

We would like to take a moment to thank Circle Project Elders, Council and Staff for all they do in the community. Thank you to the volunteers who help make events such as this happen. Thank you to the community for coming out to celebrate with us. We are excited to continue our work serving the needs of our community.

 

What a great time we had at our 19th Annual Elders’ Christmas Party on December 6, 2018. We laughed, ate, danced and made merry. This event continues to be a great opportunity for our Elders to catch up with those they may not have seen all year. Thank you to all who attended, you have made our event a great success and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

A special thank you to The Mosaic Company for sponsoring our event! With your support, we were able to spread holiday cheer and put bright smiles on the faces of our community Elders.

Grassick Park was abuzz with various activities by mid afternoon on June 21/2018. A Grand Entry was followed by powwow dance and Métis jigging demonstrations, lacrosse demonstrations, Métis jigging instruction, traditional Aboriginal storytelling and Cree BINGO for the Elders. The cultural tent included various colourful and interesting storyboards, including eight new boards on the Métis Culture. Family activities included a photo booth, traditional hand game demos, Indigenous themed arts and crafts, face painting and inflatable bouncers. The community barbeque saw a huge crowd once again.

This year marked our first ever Indigenous Battle of the Bands to support Indigenous musicians. Four bands, chosen from the many entries, competed against each other for the trophy and title of best Indigenous Band. Between performances, special entertainment from Circle Project’s Cultural Connections for Kids program, had the young children from this program perform the drumming and singing they learned; filling all who watched with pride. The evening concluded with a community round dance.

Community partners Circle Project, ICF & REACH would like to thank our major sponsors, City of Regina, SaskCulture, Government of Canada, K+S Potash Canada and Rawlco Radio. We would also like to thank our event supporters, SaskEnergy, Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Unifor Local 1S, North Central Community Association, Loraas Disposal, Street Culture Project and Tim Horton’s 4th Avenue location. The generous support from sponsors and supporters helped make our 2018 National Indigenous Peoples Day Mamawinitowin Mocikihtawinihkewin – ‘Our Community Celebration’ an amazing success. Thank you for helping us to celebrate Indigenous people and culture in our community!

 

Our 3rd Annual Hearts in the Park event was held on May 30th, 2018 against the backdrop of a bright blue sky accented with 2 tipis at Victoria Park in Downtown Regina. With smiles shining as brightly as the sun, volunteers in purple t-shirts interacted with the public to fill out bright red hearts, identified their relationship with someone they know who has been affected by violence.

The event provided a great opportunity for a diverse and ongoing community partnership between Circle Project, Regina Police Service (RPS), U of S Nursing College-Regina Campus and SOFIA House. The community partners came together to plan and host this important event which serves to raise levels of awareness about violence in our community. The Hearts in the Park event also works to reduce the stigma attached to domestic, family and interpersonal violence. This year, each partner talked about the impact of violence in our community on today’s youth, either through family violence or interpersonal violence. In addition, we had two male youths, from a local high school, speak about violence in our community and how this effects today’s youth.

Thank you to our Community Partners, Regina Police Service (RPS), U of S College of Nursing-Regina Campus and SOFIA House and the Department of Justice Canada’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Week for providing us the opportunity to share this important message in our community.

Upcoming Events

Please make note of these upcoming dates:

Circle Project 2nd Annual Anniversary Round Dance
Mâmawêyatitân Centre – 3355 6th Ave
Friday, March 15, 2019
5:00 pm – 12:00 am

Hearts in the Park
Victoria Park – 2190 Victoria Ave
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

National Indigenous Peoples Day
Grassick Playground – 901 Garnet Street
Friday, June 21, 2019
3:00 pm – 10:15 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Circle Project Council and Staff would like to invite you to attend their 2nd Annual Anniversary Round Dance.

Time:  5:00 pm – Pipe Ceremony & Feast
When: March 15th, 2019
Where: Mâmawêyatitân Centre
3355 6th Avenue, Regina

Round Dance to follow
MC: Jeff Cappo
Stickman: Russell Paskemin

Lunch & Giveaway

Pack up your feast bowls and dust off your dancing moccasins and we will see you there!

On March 23, 2018 Circle Project held a pipe ceremony, feast and round dance in celebration of their 30th Anniversary. Staff and volunteers began their day by preparing and cooking. The pipe ceremony began shortly after 5 pm, immediately followed by the feast. Circle Project staff assisted the Elders and servers. Friends from the Regina Police Service were in attendance and pitched in to lend a hand. We kicked of our Round Dance (almost 30 singers shared their songs with us) as the over 400 people in attendance danced and socialized throughout the evening. It was an amazing experience to have the community celebrate with us, but it was made even more special by the bright happy faces of the children and youth in attendance. Later in the evening the giveaway was held and through this ceremony Circle Project was able to recognize and give thanks to the community that has supported the agency over the last 30 years.  Just before midnight, staff handed out lunches and four special 30th Anniversary cakes were served to the crowd. Once the food was handed out the round dance continued, concluding just after midnight.

Thank you to Circle Project Elders, Council and Staff for all the work that they do in the community. Thank you to the volunteers who helped to make our celebration a success. Thank you to the community for coming out and celebrating with us. We look forward to another 30 years working to serve the needs of our community.

 

 

It’s Christmas time, that time of the year for us to celebrate the Season together. Circle Project held its 18th Annual Elder’s Christmas Party on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The party had a mix of fun, frolic, games and dance, and our guests were able to reconnect with those they had not seen throughout the year. The evening kicked off  with Elder Noel Starblanket offering a prayer to the Creator and with Jeff Cappo leading the Lone Creek Drum Group in an Honour Song.

The buffet supper was a sumptuous meal of turkey with all the fixings and was greatly appreciated by all. After supper, the elders enjoyed coffee, tea and a wide array of desert items. The musical entertainment kicked off with Brian Sklar and the Tex Pistols providing some good old fashioned toe tapping tunes for the gathering to enjoy. Many of the elders took a spin around the dance floor for a shot at winning one of many spot dance prizes. This was followed by an all-time favourite, the jigging competition. Many took to the floor in an effort to show off their fancy footwork and although there could only be one winner, everyone had a great time sharing laughter and good natured ribbing.

One of the highlights of the evening was our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway, were a draw was held to determine the winners. Those who were lucky enough to hear their names called were given a Christmas gift to take home. In addition to this, each elder received a box of special treats to take home and enjoy.

The night wrapped up with the Circle Project Staff and Council singing an enthusiastic, if not always in tune, version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and a round dance with all in attendance who were able participating.

Once again, our friends at K+S Potash Canada assisted us in providing a special evening to celebrate our elders. With their continued sponsorship we were able to provide an extra special evening. Circle Project would like to take this opportunity to thank K+S Potash Canada for their generous contribution towards honouring our elders this holiday season!

At Christmas, we love to celebrate with the families that we had the privilege to work with throughout the year. We were able to do this and more on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the 22nd Annual Children’s Christmas Party. This year’s festivities were held at the new mâmawêyatitân centre.

Children and families were treated to a delicious brunch which was served by Regina Police Chief Evan Bray and 3 other senior officers, Heather Cote-Soop (U of S Nursing College) and staff from Circle Project. Children and families enjoyed face painting and a special show from magician Keegan Duck! Families in attendance were able to have their photo taken, printed on site and were able to take them home to remember the day. After a round of Christmas Carols, children sang “Here Comes Santa Claus” and who should appear but Jolly Old Saint Nick. Each child had a chance to meet Santa, received a goody bag and a wrapped gift! The event was wrapped up with a round dance with all who were able participating.

Thank you to the volunteers who came out to the event, Regina Police Service, U of S Nursing College, George Bird, Joni Adamcewicz and especially Santa Claus himself. Also, we can’t forget the cooks who also made this delicious meal possible. Thanks Dawn and the staff at the Infant Centre, Children’s Centre and the Big Circle. We would also like to thank the Elders from Circle Project’s Annual Elders’ Party who through their donations are able to share their holiday cheer with the children and their families.

Circle Project would like to express its sincere gratitude and appreciation to Unifor Local 1-S. Through the long term and continued support of your committee and its members, Circle Project has been able to spread Christmas cheer to numerous families year after year. We would also like to thank Farm Credit Canada who provided a generous donation which was collected from their staff during their dress down days which we applied to the expenses from the event. We also collected donations from the Elders who attended the 2017 Circle Project Elders Christmas Party. May the spirit of generosity continue to live in your hearts as we work together to make the community a better place for all.

 

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 1,500,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Circle Project’s Staff and Council would like to take a moment to honour these men and women.