Joel Parisien New World Son
Blurring the lines of distinction between sassy and spiritual, they forged their name, sound and mission statement right in front of their fan base, rather than in the confines of a boardroom. Within months of coming together as a group, they were headlining concerts and finishing pre-production for their first full-length album with companion DVD. By the winter of 2006, in just five days, the entire tracking session for their debut CD/DVD "Roots Revolution" was completed. Striving for a timeless quality, the band recorded together live off the floor, sometimes capturing the essence of a song in just one take. With their rootsy blend of funk, reggae and old school rock and roll, NEWWORLDSON challenges a culture that venerates American Idol and disposable music in general. Undaunted, these unlikely defenders of soul are gracefully walking the line that fractures people into demographics, with passion and integrity.
Vice-Chief David Pratt
The Federation of Sovereign Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago. David Pratt is a strong believer in the Treaty Right to education. He also stresses that traditional knowledge along with education provides survival in both worlds. He has a deep appreciation in language retention so everyone can maintain their identity as Indigenous people. As an elected Vice-Chief, David is a strong advocate for Treaty protection and Enhancing Inherent Rights. FSIN Vice-Chief David Pratt is member of the Muscowpetung First Nation. His parents are the late Bill Pratt and Late Isabel Pratt nee: Cote. He is the youngest of 15 siblings. David’s father Bill was on council for 25 years, including other family members. Sister Liz served as Chief. David was inspired by his late father. Vice-Chief Pratt graduated with distinction at the University of Saskatchewan in 2016, receiving a Teaching degree from the Indian Teachers Education Program (ITEP). His goals are to improve the lives and living conditions of First Nation people in Saskatchewan and Canada. David portfolio includes the Health and Social Development commission along with Indigenous Gaming Regulators. http://fsin.ca
Chief Gerald Antoine
The Dene have existed for over 30,000 years, with one language and many dialects: Gwich’in; Sahtu; Deh Cho; Tlicho; and, Akaitcho. The Dene have always been sustained by the land. Also known as the Athapaskan peoples, the Dene Nation is a political organization in Denendeh, meaning “The Land of the People”, located in Northwest Territories, Canada. The Dene Nation covers a large geographical area — from present day Alaska to the southern-most tip of North America. Our objective is to support the Dene Territories and Dene Communities in upholding the rights and interests of the Dene, including rights and interests arising from Dene use and occupation of lands (hereinafter referred to as “Denendeh”) and Dene rights and interests arising from Treaties. http://denenation.com