Blood Tribe Health Fair 2024 Concludes with Youth Day

Blood Tribe Health Fair 2024 Concludes with Youth Day

May 23, 2024 – The Katamotspoowawa Blood Tribe Health Fair 2024 successfully concluded with Youth Day held at the Red Crow Community College in Standoff, AB. The event was opened with a prayer from K5 Blackfoot immersion class with teacher Alvine Mountain Horse and hosted by Master of Ceremonies Sheena Kaine and Scotty Fox.

“Our collective commitment is to build a healthier, stronger community; we believe that by empowering our youth, we lay the foundation for a brighter future for everyone,” Crystal Day Chief, Blood Tribe Department of Health Board of Directors representative stated. “To the youth in our audience, you are our future.”

“Today we come together to celebrate our Blood Tribe youth, and to provide an opportunity to connect with health and wellness role models,” Kash Shade, Chief Operating Officer for Blood Tribe Department of Health said. “We aim to inspire the next generation of doctors, nurses, and all health professionals.”

The keynote speakers for the event were a panel of Kainai physicians: Dr. Neill Fox, Dr. Shey Eagle Bear, and Dr. Haley Shade. The panel shared their stories and influences to inspire the youth in attendance.

The Health Fair hosted Indigenous producer and performer, Mattmac with his accompanying band. Mattmac has more than 30 million streams across multiple music platforms with two award-winning albums and has hit number one on Indigenous Music Countdown, among many more accolades. The crowd was astounded by Mattmac’s talent and his inspirational story.

“The Blood Tribe Health Fair was a huge success! It brought together the strengths of Kainaiwa by providing an opportunity to showcase amazing people, programs and services,” Alayna Doore, Chair of the Blood Tribe Health Fair 2024 stated. “The Health Fair brought the community together and highlighted our resilience as Niitsitapi.”

K5 Blackfoot Immersion class providing the opening prayer with teacher Alvine Mountain Horse and MC’s Scotty Fox and Sheena Kaine at the Blood Tribe Health Fair 2024 in Standoff, AB, on May 23, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Blood Tribe Department of Health Board of Directors representative Crystal Day Chief providing opening remarks at the Blood Tribe Health Fair 2024 in Standoff, AB, on May 23, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Blood Tribe Department of Health Chief Operating Officer Kash Shade providing opening remarks at the Blood Tribe Health Fair 2024 in Standoff, AB, on May 23, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Keynote speakers, panel of Kainai physicians – Dr. Neill Fox, Dr. Shey Eagle Bear, and Dr. Haley Shade with panel moderator Kash Shade at the Blood Tribe Health Fair 2024 in Standoff, AB, on May 23, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Award winning performer and producer Mattmac with accompanying band at the Blood Tribe Health Fair 2024 in Standoff, AB, on May 23, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

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