The 5th bi-annual Ocean Man First Nation Health Fair will be better than ever this year, with approximately 14 informational booths, which is more than they've ever had. 

The health fair will be held on February 22nd at the Ocean Man band hall, having been changed from the original date of January 25th. 

People of all ages are welcome to attend the free come-and-go event, with the fair being held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. that day. Each booth will provide their own door prizes and tons of information about various aspects of health.

Marietta Akachuk, Mental Wellness Team Lead at Ocean Man First Nation, said that Ocean Man Health linked up with the Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC) for the event.

"The different departments come in and they set up their booths. It's about healthy eating, nutrition, different addictions, like smoking, vaping, gambling, drugs, alcohol. And then they have their booths on diabetes, pregnancy, foot care, other little things that have to do with health and self-care."

Akachuk said that Madison Big Stone, from their Ocean Man health department, will be at the health fair focusing on children's oral health.

"She checks the children's teeth, makes sure there's no cavities. She puts protection on their teeth and stuff like that." 

Gloria Shepherd will also be in attendance, and Akachuk mentioned that she will set-up a booth and talk about the Jordan's principle, a child-first principle for Indigenous children. 

"I even invited the RCMP to come in and do a health fair on street wise and stuff like that and what to be careful of."

Akachuk said that individuals from the YTC will also demonstrate how to make bath bombs for stress relief.

For more information, individuals can contact the health department at Ocean Man First Nation and speak with Marietta Akachuk at 306-457-4160.