Northern youth gather for much anticipated showcase

Jason Kerr
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Youth from around the north gathered in Prince Albert on Saturday for the 2014 Point Athabasca Northern Spirit Showcase.

Madison McLeod, 12, sings "Words She Said" by New Horizon at the 2014 Point Athabasca Northern Spirit Showcase.

The event featured the artistic talents of 36 First Nations youth from across northern Saskatchewan in a show organized by the young people themselves.

“It’s amazing what your kids can do when you give them the chance,” mentor producer Sheryl Kimbley said in her address to the crowd.

Kimbley said it was especially important this year because she was sick during the lead-up to the performance.  As a result, she wasn’t able to carry as much of the burden, and the youth picked up the slack.

One of the youths who rose to the occasion was Terrianne Randhile, who Kimbley said is almost exactly like herself.

This is Randhile’s second year with the showcase, and she says being involved helped her overcome her insecurities.

“I got over the fear of being shy,” she says, laughing.  “I’m now very confident.”

She says she’s also seen a major change in her friends who worked and performed in the show, including her older brother, Tristan.

“He wasn’t really shy but he used to be afraid to go on stage, but he’s not really anymore,” she says.  “He’s really confident and he’s my role model.  My friend Haley, she used to be really shy too, but she got over it.”

Randhile lives in Prince Albert, but she’s originally from Fond Du Lac.  She says the fact that so many hometowns are represented is what makes the show special.

“The whole show is cast by the youth of the north and they’re from everywhere,” she says.  “Black Lake, Wollaston (Lake), Pelican Narrows, and everywhere, and kids are running the show, which is pretty cool.”

The Northern Spirit Showcase is an annual event that features the artistic talents and production skills of northern youth ages 12-18.  In addition to the performance, the youth also attend a three day workshop.  The event is also broadcast on television, giving the kids an extra thrill.  It is held at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre.

Organizations: First Nations, Prince Albert Exhibition Centre

Geographic location: Northern Saskatchewan, Prince Albert, Fond Du Lac Black Lake Pelican Narrows

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