Photo: Sagkeeng’s Treaty Days was one of three prominent local events cancelled or postponed last week.
By Don Norman
Last week, three prominent local summer events were cancelled, or at least postponed due to concerns over the pandemic.
On May 5, Sagkeeng First Nation announced that it’s annual Treaty Days Celebrations scheduled for July 29 to August 2, 2020 has been postponed until further notice. “We understand this may be disappointing to Sagkeeng members however due to the COVID-19 pandemic the health and safety of our members and visitors is priority,” the notice read. “Our hope is to have a gathering at a later date.”
The following day, the organizers of Lac du Bonnet’s Fire n Water Festival released a statement on indicating that their festival has also fallen victim to the pandemic. “Sadly, the Board of the Fire and Water Music Festival, has made the decision to cancel this year’s event. This decision was made based on the value we place on the safety of our artists, volunteers, and participants during the Covid-19 Pandemic.”
And then on May 7, the Boreal Shores Art Tour also announced they too would be cancelling their popular event. “We have made the decision to cancel the Tour for this year. It was not an easy decision for us to make and we did ask for input from the 46 artists registered for this year’s Tour. More than half responded and more than half of those voted to cancel while 1/3 of those said they would withdraw if we went ahead.”
Summer Winds Family Music Festival is also listed as cancelled on their website.