Fort Providence to host its annual Bison Jamboree

Fort Providence is the latest NWT community to announce plans for its spring 2022 carnival, the Bison Jamboree.

The jamboree will take place from March 30 until April 3. Events include a hockey tournament, chili cook-off, fire-feeding ceremony, youth games, talent shows, traditional games and dog races.

Art and craft sales will be held, and the carnival will wrap up with a drum dance at 4:30pm on Sunday, April 3.


The hamlet council has granted a half-day civic holiday for Friday, April 1 so community members can enjoy the festivities.

Last year’s events were conducted in a modified form to account for Covid-19, with larger events like the talent show held online.

Brandon Thom, the event organizer, said coming together as pandemic restrictions ease “means a lot, especially with gatherings in our small NWT communities.”

“Having our small community all come together as a giant community, it’s really big for us,” he said.

“Just having these opportunities and festivities to see familiar faces from around the community and NWT, people really look forward to these times.”


Thom is acquiring gold medals to hand out for the traditional games. He said he is excited to see who will come out on top in the best animal sound category.

Spring carnivals are a staple in the NWT. Norman Wells is set to host its Spring Fling carnival this weekend. Fort Smith’s Wood Buffalo Frolics is expected to take place next weekend.