First Nations Experiences in Saskatchewan

First Nations tradition and heritage are part of Saskatchewan’s colourful tapestry – learn about the land from the people that know it best

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

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On Saskatoon’s northern edge sits Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a National Historic Site that has yielded evidence of human occupation dating back 6,400 years.

This land has been a gathering place for all nations of the Northern Plains to meet for trade, for hunting and for ceremony – and this tradition continues today. Wanuskewin has been a global gathering place for the past 30 years, welcoming guests from all over the world. It is currently navigating the process to earn UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

Authentic culture and traditions are experienced through dance performances, art exhibitions and hands-on activities. The resident plains bison herd are descendants of the last 1,000 bison on the prairies before their near extinction in the 1870s. An onsite restaurant serves traditional First Nations cuisine with a contemporary twist.

A unique accommodation in the Saskatoon area, Wanuskewin invites guests to “pe kapaysik miykowapi” (come and spend the night) and enjoy a Tipi Sleepover, with programming, meals and snacks.

Dakota Dunes Resort

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Located on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, nestled within a beautiful river setting and surrounded by gently rolling natural sand dunes, Dakota Dunes Resort is a full-service resort experience only 20 minutes from downtown Saskatoon. Discover your oasis in the refined comfort of the pristine accommodations, be inspired by gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape and nature, and enjoy a multitude of unique services, activities and adventures.

Gather at the Moose Woods Home Fire Grill, located inside the resort, to savour dishes rooted in culture and pride. This fine dining restaurant has a farm-to-table menu that features fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Its bold flavours are inspired by the heritage and traditions of the Dakota peoples.

Batoche National Historic Site

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At Batoche National Historic Site, step back in time and learn about a pivotal moment in the 1885 Northwest Resistance, when Métis and allied First Nations withstood Canadian Forces. Guided and self-guided tours pass by remaining homes, the historic church, rectory and cemetery, and the site of the Battle of Batoche. Onsite geocaching reveals more details about Batoche. Hike the scenic trails or rent a bike and ride along the shores of the South Saskatchewan River.