Schools dancing, drumming to communities with Pow Wows

As spring begins, several school grounds have played host to Pow Wows. At the postsecondary level, schools such as Conestoga College, Lakehead University, Lambton College, Trent University, and the University of Lethbridge hosted Pow Wows on their campuses. The events at Conestoga, Lakehead, and Trent attracted spectators and participants from across their regions and featured crafts and artisans, guest speakers, and/or a sacred fire in addition to traditional music and dancing. ULethbridge hosted a “mini powwow and dance demonstration” as part of Indigenous Awareness Week in March. Lambton’s Pow Wow will also feature dancers, drumming and singing, and traditional arts and crafts. In British Columbia, Earl Marriott Secondary hosted a Pow Wow event that attracted participants from across the Pacific Northwest. “It’s a huge cultural celebration,” said Earl Marriott teacher Mark Figueira. “It brings people together… all in the spirit of reconciliation and doing that important work.”

Conestoga | Peace Arch News (Earl Marriott) | Anishinabek News (Lakehead) | The Sarnia Journal (Lambton) | PTBO Today (Trent) | Bridge City News (ULethbridge)