Flying Dust talent showcase celebrates community


By Kathy Gallant - source Meadow Lake Now

Music, laughter, family, community, and connection were front and centre on Flying Dust First Nation near Meadow Lake on Tuesday.

On the evening of March 27, the health staff of the First Nation hosted its fourth annual talent show, which saw around 140 audience members. Almost 30 performers took part in the extravaganza, which included mostly musicians and singers, and also a local funny man.

Brenda Norman, Health Educator with Flying Dust, said the intent was to be a true representation of community and family.

“Everybody’s so proud of the contestants that are participating,” she said. “They’re cheering them on. It’s like a family time. There was a meal, so everybody got to share and talk with one another. It just brings the community closer together.”

While the event was open to all ages, she said it was especially beneficial for the youth in the community as it instills them with positive skills for life.

“It gives the young people confidence to get up on stage,” Norman said. “If they want to make a presentation later on, it’ll build them up.”

She said music and entertainment have healing abilities, so these positive themes tied well into the guiding principles of the First Nation’s health department.

“We had a family wellness evening, and we thought a ‘show your talent’ event would bring people together,” Norman said.

All performers received a prize for taking the stage, and a number of draws for bikes, guitars and gift baskets capped off the event.

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