Welcome to Gainer’s Heartland, presented by Tourism Saskatchewan. This indoor space will transport visitors to the HEART of Saskatchewan, featuring stunning landscapes, exceptional hospitality and an opportunity to explore our Indigenous roots. In partnership with Wanuskewin Heritage Park, this family friendly space will offer visitors the chance to connect in a relaxed environment, partake in fun activities, enjoy local food vendors and explore a tipi and Indigenous artifacts. This space will include:
- Photo booth
- Interactive Indigenous games and artifacts
- Face painting
- Colored hair braiding
- Toddler soft play area
- Private nursing area
- Kids bouncy castle
- Stuffy riders
- Inflatable slides
- Mascot appearances
- Colouring station
- Food trucks
- and more!
Gainer’s Heartland will be THE place to capture a 2022 Grey Cup Festival photo at the Tourism Saskatchewan photo booth. Visitors can also grab a FREE Grey Cup Festival scarf, courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewan, to wear in their photo!
The abstract wheat sheaf artwork depicted on the limited-edition 2022 Grey Cup Festival scarf was designed by Brandy Jones, an Inuvialuit and Gwitch’in artist originally from Williams Lake, British Columbia, who now makes her home on Treaty 4 Territory in Regina. Brandy comes from a long line of medicine women, and as a Treaty woman herself in section 35 of the Canadian Constitution: First Nation, Inuit and Metis, Brandy carries all parts of the Indigenous People of Canada and USA. She is inspired by many forms of Indigenous art.
Brandy’s work is a mixture of native arts and bright colours, which represents the unity of all Indigenous Nations. Her work is a marriage of all Indigenous Nations and the rising of a new generation that will help heal the elders, families and land. Brandy has an original style that has never been seen before and is a celebration of the beauty, success, hardships and perseverance of all Indigenous peoples.
“My inspiration for the design came from the beautiful beadwork that we are surrounded by here on Treaty 4 Territory. [This piece] is dedicated to the Cree and Saulteaux Nations that reside in our beautiful province of Saskatchewan.”
Brandy uses her gifts to advocate, educate, inspire and motivate people to explore Indigenous culture. Brandy is privileged to work full time as an artist. Her artwork can be found under the name Brandy Jones Indigenous Artist on Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook.
Pick up your festival scarf by visiting Gainer’s Heartland in the Ag-Ex Building from Thursday, Nov. 17 to Saturday, Nov. 19.