Ranch Ehrlo Society will help Regina celebrate diverse cultures and communities at Mosaic 2024.

Ranch Ehrlo will be among other community partners and local businesses to provide contributions to the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion at the 54th Mosaic – Festival of Cultures. The agency’s contributions will be in direct support of the Pavilion’s hosts: Buffalo People Arts Institute, Piapot First Nation, and Scott Collegiate High School.  

This year marks the first since 2019 that there will be an Indigenous Peoples Pavilion as Mosaic. Jamie Lerat, Indigenous advisor at Ranch Ehrlo, said she volunteered to be part of the planning committee to help elevate and further engage the agency in the communities it serves.

“I wanted to establish a connection and create a partnership with Ranch Ehrlo and the Pavilion itself,” Jamie explained. “Having Sweet Grass involved helps raise our profile and gives those vocational students a wonderful opportunity.”

While most menu items will be prepared for by students at Scott Collegiate, Ranch Ehrlo’s Sweet Grass Café, operated by young adults with intellectual and developmental differing abilities, will prepare and contribute the menu’s dessert items.

Under the direction and supervision of volunteer/chef Trevor LaValley, participants at Sweet Grass Café will prepare and contribute 500 servings of sage cranberry wild rice cookies, 500 sunflower butter cookies, and 500 servings of Bannock cake pops.

These desserts will complement other menu items including a wild rice pudding, bison pizza, vegetable soup, traditional feast hamburger vegetable soup, and a Bannock banh mi topped with duck pate, roasted bison, pickled onion and turnip, and a wild green pesto. Visitors can cleanse their palates with a raspberry, rose hip, cedar lemonade.

“We wanted to offer something outside of the familiar ‘Indian tacos’ and Bannock burgers, but wanted to ensure menu items would still appeal to a variety of palates and diets,” said Jamie. “I think we’ll have something for everyone.”

The Indigenous Pavilion can be enjoyed at the mâmawêyatitân centre on May 30th, 31st, and June 1st.

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