Siksika Run As One Week Returns in August

(Joel West, presented by CCMAs)

SIksika Health Services is proud to announce details for Run As One Youth Awareness Week taking place from August 2-4, 2022 across multiple Siksika Nation venues.

The week long festivities continue to serve as a mid summer nod to First Nations youth. This year the week gets the chance to return to it’s pre-COVID in-person format, which will feature a two-day youth conference, and the longest running Indigenous music festival in Canada featuring Fawn Wood, and The Bearhead Sisters, Ombiigizi, and many more.

The Youth Conference (Aug 2-3, Siksika Piiksapi Arbor)

Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for 8:30 Tuesday morning which will set the tone for the whole week. Conference participants will get the chance to take part in a number of different workshops including Mini Tipi making, traditional Blackfoot games, learn about permaculture, and skateboarding with Cousins Skateboarding.

The youth conference will take place over two days at the Siksika Piiksapi Arbor and will end with awards and a special panel featuring some of the winners. These awards will be given to young leaders in academics, culture, and athletics. Nominate an outstanding Siksika youth by July 25, 2022.

The Run As One Music Festival (Aug 4, Siksika Deerfoot Sportsplex)

The longest running Indigenous Music Festival in Canada is back for its 18th year and features something for the whole family. The festival will continue to put First Nations Talent on stage with headliners Fawn Wood, The Bearhead Sisters, and hot off the release of a 9 track album, Anishnaabe duo Ombiigizi will also take the stage this year and bring their unique sound to Siksika. The evening will also showcase a slew of local talent ranging across many ages and genres. In addition, a special performance by Joel West is presented by the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMAs). West will be supported by the Highway 40 band that evening.

The music festival will also run in conjunction with Summer Madness and the first ever Run As One Market. Summer Madness has a variety of outdoor activities for youth participants like beach volleyball, bubble soccer, and archery tag, & more. The Market aims to showcase local entrepreneurs and artists with a platform to sell their goods.