THUNDER BAY – The drumbeat will be strong this coming weekend, March 16th to 18th. as Lakehead University and the Lakehead University Native Student’s Association host their annual Pow Wow at the LU Field House at 955 Oliver Road.
The theme of this year’s event is New Beginnings and symbolizes what students have experienced and accomplished together throughout the academic year. “We chose our theme based on the spring renewal starting with new season, new relationships, and new paths. We are honoured to have our youth be part of our event as the Host, Co-Host and Special Honorary drum groups, and we hope to encourage them to move forward in their new beginnings,” said Nicole McKay, President of LUNSA.
Through various events and activities offered throughout the year, LUNSA strives to promote spirit and unity among Lakehead’s Aboriginal students, and to raise cultural awareness among members of the Lakehead University and Confederation College student communities.
“The annual Pow Wow is LUNSA’s signature event and showcases tremendous entertainment, free of charge, while reinforcing traditional aspects of Aboriginal culture, such as drumming, dancing, singing, and giving thanks,” says Cher Chapman, LUNSA Cultural Coordinator. Attendees can enjoy a feast as well as purchase traditional Aboriginal merchandise from on-site vendors. Chapman adds that student organizers are looking forward to welcoming returning and first-time guests to this year’s event, which is sure to be another crowd-pleaser.
Master of Ceremonies: Jim Mishquart (Rocky Bay, FN)
Arena Director: Todd Genno (Pic River, FN)
Spiritual Advisor: Kalvin Ottertail (Lac La Croix, FN)
Host Drum: Shadow Creek Singers (Thunder Bay)
Co-Host Drum: Little Bear Singers (Thunder Bay)
Special Honorary Drum: Little Eagle Drummers/Singers (Thunder Bay)
Friday, March 16:
Warm-up 6 pm
Saturday, March 17:
Grand Entry at 1 pm and 7 pm
Traditional Feast at 5 pm
Sunday, March 18:
Grand Entry at 1 pm
Community members of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to attend this free event. Food and crafts will be available.