On May 6, 2017, the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan, together with Saskatchewan Chinese Dance School, were invited to take part in the cultural activity “A Taste of Culture” at Battlefords organized by North Battlefords Immigration Resource Center to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Western Development Museum. The activity aims to give the new immigrants a taste of multi-culturalism in Canada.
The activity was held at Battlefords, a city about 150 kilometers northwest of Saskatoon. The U of S CI performed Panda Dance, Chinese traditional dance “Caiwei” and a mixed dance of Lion Dance, Panda Dance and Taiji Fan named “Dance with the Lions”. Saskatchewan Chinese Dance School performed Dragon Dance. The dances brought about by the U of S CI Dance Group and Saskatchewan Chinese Dance School were so loved by the audience that the organizing committee asked them to perform for three rounds to different audience at one, five and seven o’clock in the afternoon. The participation of the U of S CI Dance Group contributes a lot to the richness and colorfulness of this activity, bringing into full play the principle of multi-culturalism.
At the end of the activity, the organizing committee expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the Chinese performers, and extended their wishes for further cooperation in the near future.