Schools celebrate first in-person powwows in years after pandemic break

Several schools, colleges, and universities held in-person powwows this month after a long hiatus. Conestoga College, Georgian College, and the University of Winnipeg each celebrated the return of drums, dancers, and vendors to their respective campuses after multi-year pauses. At Canadore College, an estimated 400 people filled the college’s gymnasium for the event as dancers, singers, and drummers travelled from as far away as Ottawa and Wikwemikoong for the day. “People were happy to get together again for this Pow Wow after the pandemic prevented in-person gatherings,” said First Peoples’ Centre Cultural Advisor Gerard McComb. “To be able to come back was a joyful moment for many.” The University of Toronto Mississauga will be co-hosting its first All-Nations Powwow with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation this upcoming weekend, while Earl Marriott Secondary in Surrey is preparing for the Earl Marriott Semiahmoo First Nation Pow Wow after a three-year hiatus.

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