The Dakota Nation Winterfest gets underway today inside the Keystone Centre for what organizers are calling the largest event in it's history. Billed as “the largest Indigenous sport and cultural event of its kind all under one roof” the 3-day event will bring participants from all over Canada and the United States. Hockey Coordinator, Pierre McKay tells bdnmb.ca that this year they have a record high 77 teams participating in 10 divisions, including teams from Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In total Pierre said that 134 games will be played over the 3-days.
Other events scheduled throughout the weekend include a volleyball tournament, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, strongman competition, talent show, monster bingo and a Pow Wow. Former Calgary Flame great, Thereon Fleury will be on-hand Friday evening for a special speaking engagement starting at 6:30 inside the Amphitheater.