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The winning artwork for the SaskEnergy/First Nations calendar was unveiled today at the SaskEnergy Yorkton office. This year, almost 1,000 entries were received from 21 Saskatchewan First Nations schools across the province. The judging was carried out by a panel including First Nations artists.
Deputy Premier and Yorkton MLA Clay Serby, on behalf of Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) Minister Maynard Sonntag, announced the 14 winners and presented two Yorkton area students - Kassie Whitehawk and Kiana Pelly, both from the Chief Gabriel Cote Educational Complex - with their prize packages. All the winning artists will receive prize packages courtesy of SaskEnergy. (Editors - please see attached backgrounder for complete list of winners).
"The SaskEnergy/First Nations Safety Calendar is a unique and effective way of spreading safety messages," Deputy Premier Clay Serby said. "Not only does the calendar teach and inform, it also reinforces the relationship between SaskEnergy and First Nations communities across the province."
The calendar, which includes the students' artwork, biographies and pictures, will be available for distribution in October 2003.
"By celebrating the talents of young First Nations artists, SaskEnergy is proud to promote Saskatchewan culture and heritage," said Sean Quinton, General Manager, SaskEnergy, Yorkton area. "SaskEnergy/First Nations Safety Calendar has been very successful - each year, we're impressed by the talent and enthusiasm these students show."
Each year, the school with the highest participation is awarded a community/school barbecue lunch as well as a natural gas barbecue. This year Moosomin School from Moosomin First Nation received the award with 157 entries in the calendar safety contest.
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