Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Suspicious Fire Deals Blow to Powwow Plans on Saskatchewan First Nation

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Suspicious Fire Deals Blow to Powwow Plans on Saskatchewan First Nation

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Fire deals blow to powwow plans on First Nation

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RAYMORE, Sask. - A fire on the Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan has dealt a blow to the reserve's powwow planning.

Community members estimate half of a large arbour, which held an announcer's stand and provided shelter during powwows, is damaged after parts of the structure burnt down after 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Long-time resident Lerenda Asapace witnessed the firefighting efforts of dozens of people, some who pulled bleachers away before they became fuel for the blaze.

Others used a backhoe and grader to stop the spread of the fire.

Asapace says the community is working to get the arbour functional in time for its annual powwow, which runs from July 18 to 20.

She remembers when the arbour was first built under her late uncle and former chief Richard Poorman's leadership. …

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