Only at certain public events approved by government officials, like the Lebret Pageant, could indigenous peoples display their culture and traditions to the non-indigenous peoples, who viewed them as being primitive. The historic Lebret Pageant of 1925 took place in Lebret, Saskatchewan, which was also the site of the Lebret Residential School (one of the last running in Canada). An estimated number of 3500 indigenous peoples and 2000 non-indigenous peoples came by train or horse from surrounding areas to participate. There were notable Chiefs present on this day from surrounding indigenous communities. The photo is symbolic of the resiliency and importance of indigenous people’s identity, culture and traditions in Canada, but also reflects the cultural genocide and oppression against indigenous families and communities. These colonial policies and ideologies continue to affect indigenous peoples lives to this day.
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