20 Feb - 24 Feb

 Please Note

Training for each of the roles listed below will be provided on, 17th of February 2024, Time TBD

Main Event Day

Volunteer: Saturday, February, 24th

Family Week Events

Volunteer: Friday, February, 23rd

Volunteer: Thursday, February, 22nd

Volunteer: Tuesday, February, 20th

Volunteer form

Wanuskewin Heritage Park invites passionate and dedicated individuals to join us as volunteers for the upcoming Kôna Winter Festival.

As a volunteer, you will play a vital role in bringing the festival to life by contributing to the celebration of Indigenous cultures, traditions, and the spirit of winter.

Join us for a week long series of events that lead up to our big Kôna main event day!

Volunteer Positions for Saturday, February 24th

Dog Sleds | Saturday, February 24th 

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Kevin Lewis and team will be returning with their dog sled teams. The dog sled experience has become a symbol of the Kôna Winter Festival, capturing the spirit of winter and allowing attendees to connect with the rich heritage of Northern Plains Indigenous peoples. It is an event that resonates with participants of all ages and brings the community together in a shared celebration.

Overview

Join us for an exciting day of Dog Sledding on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, featuring Kevin Lewis and his teams. The dog sled experience has become a symbolic highlight of the festival, embodying the spirit of winter and connecting attendees with the rich heritage of Northern Plains Indigenous peoples. As a Dog Sled Experience Coordinator, you will play a vital role in facilitating a memorable and enjoyable event that resonates with participants of all ages.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Assist with participant check-ins and provide information about the dog sled experience.
  • Ensure participants are organized into scheduled sessions for dog sled rides.
  • Ensure that all safety protocols are followed during the preparation process.
  • Assist participants in safely boarding and disembarking from the dog sleds.
  • Provide guidance on appropriate safety measures.
  • Keep track of participant schedules and ensure a smooth flow of activities.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive environment for participants, creating a sense of celebration and community.
  • Address any concerns or questions with a friendly and helpful demeanor.

Time Commitment 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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White Buffalo Youth Council Photo booth | Saturday, Feb 24th, 2024

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Free drop-in Photo booth operated by WBYL Youth Council. There will be a 12ft x 12ft space to fit their Green Screen, tables, camera, and printer. WBYL will provide specific background with Wanuskewin Kôna watermark and provide printed copies only to participants.

Overview

The White Buffalo Youth Council invites energetic volunteers to join our Free Drop-in Photo booth event on Saturday, February 24th. As a Photo booth Assistant, you will play a crucial role in the smooth operation of the booth, providing a fun and memorable experience for participants. The photo booth, operated by the White Buffalo Youth Council, will feature a green screen, a camera, and a printer, offering attendees the chance to capture moments with a unique Wanuskewin Kôna background.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Youth Council in setting up the photobooth equipment, including the green screen, tables, camera, and printer.
  • Welcome attendees to the photobooth with enthusiasm and warmth.
  • Encourage participants to express themselves and enjoy the experience.
  • Assist participants in positioning themselves for photos, following the lead of the White Buffalo Youth Council.
  • Answer questions and engage with participants in a friendly manner.
  • Ensure a smooth flow of participants through the photobooth.
  • Manage any lineups, and assist in organizing the space.
  • Hand out printed copies of the photos to participants.
  • Ensure that each participant receives their photos promptly.

Time Commitment 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Bow Drill Demonstration + Fire Building Competition | Saturday, February 24th, 2024

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Bow Drill and Flint and Steel demonstration alongside other traditional fire starter tools used during pre-contact and fur trade era. Includes general tips and tricks that may be helpful for teams to review prior to the fire building competition. Education surrounding the skills necessary for winter survival.

Following this demonstration, there will be a Fire Building Competition, where pre-registered teams will be given a designated space inside the tipi village (or other approved location), with various sizes of kindling and fire starters, a book of matches, tin can with wire handle, thick wire twine, and paracord. Teams will compete to build a fire with limited resources and successfully boil water.

Overview

We are looking for passionate volunteers to assist with the Bow Drill Demonstration and Fire Building Competition on Saturday, February 24th, 2024 This event aims to showcase traditional fire starter tools, provide education on winter survival skills, and engage teams in a friendly competition to build fires with limited resources. As a Fire Building Competition Facilitator, you will play a key role in ensuring the smooth execution of the demonstration and competition.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with staff to set up the Bow Drill and Flint and Steel demonstration area.
  • Ensure all tools and materials are prepared for the educational session.
  • Assist in organizing pre-registered teams in their designated spaces within the tipi village or other approved location.
  • Distribute various sizes of kindling, fire starters, a book of matches, tin can with wire handle, thick wire twine, and paracord to each team.
  • Provide guidance to teams as needed, answering questions and offering assistance during the competition.
  • Ensure fair play and adherence to competition rules.
  • Maintain a safe environment during the competition.
  • Address any safety concerns promptly and appropriately.

Time Commitment 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Bannock & Tea | Saturday, February 24th, 2024 

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There will be pre-baked Bannock provided by Wanuskewin Restaurant. Staff and Volunteers will warm/toast Bannock slices over an open fire (set up a meat rack with a horizontal wire rack to place slices) and hand off to Staff and board members to hand out to guests. Meanwhile around the fire, staff and volunteers are demonstrating how to cook Bannock over a flame while teaching about the history of Bannock.

Overview

Join us for an exciting Bannock and Tea gathering on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to contribute to the warmth and educational experience of the day. The activity involves toasting pre-baked Bannock slices over an open fire while sharing live demonstrations on cooking Bannock over a flame.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Participate in live demonstrations showcasing how to cook Bannock over a flame.
  • Interact with event attendees, answering questions about Bannock, its history, and its cultural significance.
  • Work with staff and other volunteers to warm/toast pre-baked Bannock slices over the open fire.
  • Ensure that the toasting process is carried out smoothly.
  • Hand off warmed Bannock slices to designated members for distribution to event participants.
  • Ensure an efficient and organized distribution process.
  • Foster a learning environment by engaging with participants and encouraging questions.
  • Collaborate with staff to ensure a safe environment around the open fire.
  • Be vigilant and address any safety concerns promptly.

Time Commitment 

2:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Voyager Games Relay Tournament| Saturday, February 24th, 2024

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Pre-registered teams will face off in a tournament style relay with the fastest teams moving onto the next round. Voyageur Games are played to show off the competitors’ strength, endurance, and skills that were necessary to work the fur trade.

Overview

We are seeking energetic volunteers to join the Voyager Games Tournament on Saturday, February 24th, 2024. Pre-registered teams will compete in a tournament-style relay showcasing strength, endurance, and skills essential for working in the fur trade. As a Voyager Games Relay volunteer, you will play a key role in organizing and officiating the competition to ensure a fair and enjoyable experience for all participants.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with staff to set up the tournament area, ensuring all necessary equipment is in place.
  • Arrange the playing field according to the tournament format.
  • Assist with team check-ins, ensuring that pre-registered teams are present and ready to participate.
  • Provide teams with information about the tournament format and rules.
  • Officiate the Voyager Games, ensuring that teams adhere to the rules and regulations.
  • Keep track of game progress, determine winners, and advance teams to the next round.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive environment for all participants.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship and fair play among teams.
  • Collaborate with event organizers to distribute awards or prizes to winning teams.
  • Congratulate participants and celebrate their achievements.

Time Commitment 

afternoon –  Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Parking Attendees | Saturday, February 24th, 2024

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Overview

Wanuskewin Heritage Park invites dedicated individuals to join us on Saturday, February 24th, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, as  Parking Volunteers to monitor the parking lot. Parking Volunteers play a crucial role in creating a positive and accessible experience for all attendees.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Direct incoming vehicles to designated parking areas with efficiency and courtesy.
  • Ensure a smooth flow of traffic to minimize congestion and delays.
  • Welcome festival attendees with a warm and friendly demeanor.
  • Provide information about parking locations.
  • Identify and assist individuals with special accessibility needs in finding suitable parking spaces.
  • Collaborate with Wanuskewin staff to ensure accessible routes are maintained.
  • Work closely with staff to address any parking-related concerns.
  • Report and manage any incidents or emergencies as needed.
  • Assist in an organized dispersal of traffic after the festival concludes.
  • Provide guidance to attendees exiting the parking areas.

Time Commitment 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Food Station Attendees | Saturday, February 24th, 2024 

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Overview

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is seeking dedicated individuals to volunteer at the Food Stations. Food Station Volunteers play a vital role in enhancing the overall festival experience by providing nourishment to attendees.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Assist in setting up and maintaining food stations.
  • Serve food and beverages to attendees with a friendly and courteous demeanor.
  • Interact with festival attendees, answering questions about food options.
  • Ensure a positive and enjoyable dining experience for all visitors.
  • Keep food station areas clean and organized.
  • Dispose of waste and maintain a tidy environment.
  • Monitor food and beverage inventory levels.
  • Communicate with the hospitality team regarding any restocking needs.
  • Work closely with the hospitality team to ensure maintenance of the food stations.
  • Communicate any issues or concerns to the team.

Time Commitment 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Kick Sled Station | Saturday, February 24th, 2024 

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Overview

Be a vital part of the Wanuskewin Kôna Winter Festival at the Kick Sled station! This year, we’re introducing an exciting kick sled experience in a flat location at the powwow grounds with an established circular trail (snow pending). Join us on February 24th to guide participants, ensuring a safe and enjoyable kick sled adventure.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Assist participants in understanding the kick sled trail layout and safety guidelines.
  • Provide clear instructions on kick sled usage and maneuvering techniques.
  • Offer support to individuals getting on and off kick sleds.
  • Ensure a positive and inclusive experience for participants of all ages.
  • Patrol the kick sled trail to ensure the safety and adherence to established guidelines.
  • Address any issues promptly and report concerns to staff.
  • Share information about the kick sled trail, its features, and the surrounding winter landscape.
  • Answer participant questions and contribute to their overall experience.

Time Commitment 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Building Check and Greeters | Saturday, February 24th, 2024

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Overview

Join the Wanuskewin Kôna Winter Festival as a Building Check and Greeter, and play a crucial role in ensuring a safe, welcoming, and enjoyable experience for all attendees on Saturday, February 24th. As a Building Check volunteer and Greeter, you will contribute to the smooth operation of festival facilities, including indoor spaces, adding to the overall success of this vibrant celebration of winter and Indigenous cultures.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Greet participants at building entrances and ensure they have proper access to the building.
  • Provide a warm welcome to attendees.
  • Assist with directing attendees to various indoor facilities, including restrooms and event spaces.
  • Monitor capacity limits and coordinate with front staff to maintain a safe environment.
  • Manage a designated lost and found area, ensuring lost items are properly documented and returned to owners.
  • Provide information to participants looking for lost belongings.
  • Be aware of emergency exits and evacuation procedures.
  • Collaborate with event security and first aid teams to address any emergencies promptly.
  • Provide guidance on safety measures and answer attendee inquiries.

Time Commitment 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Volunteer Positions for Friday, February 23rd

USask Science Outreach: Snowshoe Activity| Friday, Feb 23rd, 2024| evening

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Participates are invited to explore the shape and design of snowshoes. This Mini Experiment, facilitated by the USask Science outreach team, will have participants create different shaped snowshoes out of paper and test which is best for travel across simulated snow. This drop in Programming is ideal for families with children between the ages of 8-11 years old.

Overview: We are seeking enthusiastic and engaging volunteers to assist with the Usask Science Outreach Snowshoe activity on the evening of Friday, February 23rd.. This exciting event will take place in a classroom setting, where participants will explore the shape and design of snowshoes through a hands-on experiment.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Assist individuals and families as they engage in the hands-on activity.
  • Answer questions and offer guidance to ensure a positive and educational experience.
  • Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for participants of all ages.
  • Encourage collaboration and creativity among participants.
  • Monitor the activity to ensure that participants are following safety guidelines.
  • Address any safety concerns promptly and appropriately
  • Encourage participants to think critically about the results of their mini experiments.

Time Commitment 

4:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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USask Observatory & Local Astronomy Club: Telescope Demonstration | Friday, February 23rd | evening

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Educational demonstration of the telescope and how it is used and what we can learn using this tool.

Overview: We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join the USask Observatory and Local Astronomy Club for a Telescope Demonstration on the evening of Friday, February 23rd, 2024, from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This educational event will showcase the telescope and its applications, providing students and community members with the opportunity to set up telescopes on the patio after sunset (weather pending). Volunteers will assist in guiding participants, helping them identify stars in the night sky, and fostering a deeper understanding of astronomy.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with facilitators in setting up telescopes
  • Share information about the features and functions of telescopes.
  • Assist participants in identifying stars, constellations, and other celestial objects.
  • Provide tips on using the telescope to explore specific points of interest in the night sky.
  • Address inquiries from participants about astronomy, telescopes, and stargazing.
  • Encourage a friendly and open dialogue to enhance the learning experience.
  • Monitor the telescope demonstration area to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
  • Assist in maintaining a clear and organized event space.

Time Commitment 

4:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Volunteer Positions for Thursday, February 22nd (Filled)

USask Science Outreach: Dog Blanket activity | Thurs, Feb 22nd

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Explore the symmetry of Indigenous artwork through Dog Blankets – a tradition jacket used in Dog Sled Racing. This activity invites participants to focus on how art and math are complementary to each other by designing their own dog blanket out of felt and craft supplies. This drop-in programming is ideal for all ages, families with children require adult supervision.

Role Overview

We are seeking dedicated volunteers to assist with the USask Science Outreach Dog Blanket activity on Thurs, February 22nd. This unique event aims to explore the symmetry of Indigenous artwork through the creation of Dog Blankets—a traditional jacket used in Dog Sled Racing. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the intersection of art and math by designing their own dog blanket using felt and various craft supplies.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Assist individuals and families in designing their own dog blankets, encouraging creativity and exploration.
  • Distribute felt and craft supplies to participants.
  • Offer guidance on the use of materials to achieve the desired artistic and symmetrical effects.
  • Foster an appreciation for Indigenous art and traditions.
  • Help tidy up the activity area at the conclusion of the event.
  • Ensure that all materials are properly stored for future use.
  • Monitor the activity to ensure safety and adherence to guidelines.
  • Promote an inclusive atmosphere that respects and celebrates diversity.

Time Commitment 

10:30 am to 1:30 pm on Thurs, Feb 22nd, 2024.

Location 

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

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Volunteer Positions for Tuesday, February 20th

USask Science Outreach: Snowshoe activity | Tues, February 20th 

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Participants are invited to explore the shape and design of snowshoes. This Mini Experiment, facilitated by the USask Science outreach team, will have participants create different shaped snowshoes out of paper and test which is best for travel across simulated snow. This drop in programming is ideal for families with children between the ages of 8-11 years old.

Overview: We are seeking enthusiastic and engaging volunteers to assist with the USask Science Outreach Snowshoe activity on Tues, February 20th, 2024. This exciting drop-in event will take place in a classroom setting, where participants will explore the shape and design of snowshoes through a hands-on experiments.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Assist individuals and families as they engage in the hands-on activity.
  • Guide participants through the process of creating different shaped snowshoes using paper.
  • Answer questions and offer guidance to ensure a positive and educational experience.
  • Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for participants of all ages.
  • Encourage collaboration and creativity among participants.
  • Monitor the activity to ensure that participants are following safety guidelines.
  • Address any safety concerns promptly and appropriately.
  • Encourage participants to think critically about the results of their mini experiments.

Time Commitment 

10:30 am to 1:30 pm on Tues, February 20th, 2024

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, SK

 

 

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