Youth, Arts and Media Team

The Sākihiwē Festival's Central Park Block Party was held on June 30, 2024.
The Sākihiwē Festival's Central Park Block Party and its Indigenous Marketplace was held on June 30, 2024.

Sākihiwē Festival and Indigenous Marketplace Rocks Central Park

The Sākihiwē Festival celebrated Manitoba's top Indigenous talent on June 30, 2024, in Winnipeg, offering a vibrant cultural experience and empowering local artists.

The Sākihiwē Festival’s Central Park Block Party was held on June 30, 2024. The highly-successful festival saw hundreds turn out to catch Manitoba’s best First Nations, Inuit and Red River Metis talent take centre stage in downtown Winnipeg.

Hundreds beat the heat on June 30 to attend the music festival.
Hundreds beat the heat on June 30 to attend the music festival.

The festival’s mission is to bring music to Indigenous families in divested neighborhoods, ensuring they can engage in the arts without compromising their family responsibilities, personal safety, or financial stability. Additionally, it aims to be a launch pad for emerging Indigenous artists and a stepping stone for mid-career or export-ready artists seeking further support. In fostering these platforms for Indigenous talent and culture, the sākihiwē festival not only celebrates music but also serves as a vital act of cultural preservation and empowerment.

The sākihiwē Festival is made possible with funding and partnerships with the Canada Council for the ArtsManitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council, the Spence Neighbourhood AssociationMa Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, and the City of Winnipeg. The sākihiwē summer series is made possible by partnerships with the Assiniboine Park ConservancyTreaty One Nation, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre, the Central Community Incentives Program, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. We really enjoyed being able to attend, and to meet so many of the incredible and inspiring artists, musicians and cultural connectors.

We can’t wait to visit this incredible festival again next year!

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The Youth, Arts and Media Team supports participatory food security research, arts and organizational development. Through this program, funded by Agriculture Canada and the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Skills Strategy, Indigenous youth artists and early career communicators receive training and exposure to various forms of media and communication roles. Activities build career and job skills, supporting outreach, relationship development and engagement. There is a strong emphasis on food sector and digital literacy and training youth in the design and delivery of health and food security interventions that promote healthy messages.

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