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Indians have come a long way since the tepee days, just as we have come a long way since the log cabin days. More emphasis is put on education and many are qualifying for worthwhile positions in various important walks of life. A Friendship Centre started in 1967, on Saskatchewan Avenue, encourages white people and Indians to mingle and in so doing benefit by what both can learn in conver­ sation.

The Friendship Centre's board of directors oversee night classes in basic literacy, typing and art for Indians and Metis -which in turn benefits Portage la Prairie. Mrs. Joyce Hobson, a full-blooded Saulteaux Indian is the capable executive director of this establish­ ment.


The Indian Glee Club at Expo '67 with R. E. Burk conducting.

We are especially proud of our 34-voice Indian Student Resi­ dence Glee Club, who were trained by Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Burk, and who won acclaim at Expo '67 in Montreal and again at San Antonio's HemisFair in 1968.

I t was a t the latter performance tha t they were heard by Nancy Green 'sweetheart of the ski slopes', who had just won the world