Whitefish River First Nation celebrates its 45th annual Winter Carnival

WHITEFISH RIVER FIRST NATION—Earlier this month Whitefish River First Nation WRFN held its 45th Annual Winter Carnival.

“The 45th Annual Winter Carnival really highlighted our theme that in our little community, ‘Love is Louder’,” said WRFN Chief Shining Turtle Paibomsai. “It showed with the volunteers, the helpers and especially the turn out. The overwhelming support that we saw at the 45th annual carnival will go a long way towards plans for the 46th annual event.”

The event started with a carnival pageant where Nakia Nahwegahbow  was named Carnival Prince, Daytona Recollet was named Carnival King, Aurora Megwanabe was crowned Carnival Princess, as well Sasha Jacko, Lila Garcia was named Junior Princess, Felicity Prince  was crowned Carnival Queen and Soleil Pitawanakwat was named Carnival Princess.

On Valentine’s Day a spaghetti dinner was held at the community centre, followed by a Valentine’s Day poem reading and contest and cribbage tournament.

Also during the week there was curling on the outdoor rink starting, a Smash Brothers video game tournament and ‘bannock and babies.’

On Friday Shawanosowe School held winter games. After school was done for the day, students and staff headed to the outdoor rink for a skating party hosted by the Shawanosowe teachers. There was music, a bonfire, hot dogs and hot chocolate.

Throughout the weekend there was a poker run and crown and anchor, penny raffle sales, a selfie challenge, mini car races and a toddler obstacle course.

The human bubble hockey tournament was a lot of fun and an exhibition game saw band staff go head-to-head against the health centre staff.

There was also free popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, a backhoe rodeo and slap shot, speed contest, accuracy contest and the annual beat the chief contest at the outdoor rink.

The snowshoe races got underway at 4 pm at the Seven Fires Youth and Elder Centre, as did the great chili cook off judging.

The weekend capped off with snow golf, plank races, the log sawing contest, nail driving contest, a tug of war, bare foot races, the photo contest judging and a tea boiling contest.

The event was free to the community and well attended.