This Festival of Arts has grown to become a showcase for First Nations´ students wishing to display a wide range of artistic talent. During this weeklong event, students participate in visual arts, drama, dance, music, literature, and learn hands on skills to enhance their talents. The Fine Arts Festival has become an annual event – a tradition within PAGC – and will continue to grow and enhance First Nations´ art and culture.
The Bobby Bird Memorial Awards were established in honour of the late Bobby Bird who was actively involved in politics. He served his people as Councillor for the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Vice-Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and supporter of educational leadership among First Nations youth. Nominated students must have a minimum average of 65%, be a First Nations member of PAGC and be enrolled in any of grades 7-12. The criteria for the awards are based on academic achievement, attendance, First Nations language, Traditional/Cultural skills, effort, athletics, Special Talent/Activities and community service.
The goal of the festival is to promote the use of First Nations languages in fun, exciting and effective ways. Individuals and groups enter to compete in one of five categories: song, drams, oratory, dance and multi-media which has been recently added to the competition to encourage students and teachers to be creative by utilizing multi-media presentations in First Nations languages.