Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Conference Begins with Community Bison Harvest

Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Conference begins with Community Bison Harvest

May 6, 2024 – The Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Conference 2024 has started its four-day conference with a community bison harvest. The event connects rich Blackfoot cultural history with modern initiatives such as the Red Crow Community College (RCCC) Nitsitaapi Agriculture program.

The conference will feature speakers from various First Nations, academia, conservationists, and producers, who share their ideas and practices while providing support to the Blackfoot Confederacy.

The pre-conference bison harvest was held at the rodeo grounds in Standoff, AB, and included elders, community members, RCCC staff and students, and conference participants.

The Siksikatsitapii Agriculture Conference officially kicks off on May 7 to May 9, 2024, from 9:00AM to 4:30PM at the Red Crow Community College in Standoff, AB. Registration is free, please visit redcrowcollege.com for more information.

Tyson Blackwater, Red Crow Community College, gives some opening remarks before bison harvest at the Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Pre-Conference event in Standoff, AB, on May 6, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Participants at the bison harvest at the Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Pre-Conference event in Standoff, AB, on May 6, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Casey Healy, Red Crow Community College, smudging before the bison harvest at the Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Pre-Conference event in Standoff, AB, on May 6, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Todd Many Bears before bison harvest at the Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Pre-Conference event in Standoff, AB, on May 6, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Bison harvest team at the Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Pre-Conference event in Standoff, AB, on May 6, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Todd Many Bears harvesting bison at the Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Pre-Conference event in Standoff, AB, on May 6, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Elders, Blood Tribe community members, and conference participants at the Siksikaitsitapi Agriculture Pre-Conference event in Standoff, AB, on May 6, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

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