Experience Aboriginal song, dance and celebration on March 17 at the Seventh Traditional Pow Wow at Georgian College’s Barrie Campus. This year’s theme is Traditional Health and Wellness to honour the new Aboriginal Resource Centre in the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences, and the partnership between the School of Aboriginal Studies and School of Health and Wellness.
The event is organized by Georgian’s Pow Wow Student Steering Committee to give students an opportunity to honour and celebrate their culture. The Pow Wow welcomes and encourages participation and inclusiveness from people of all cultures. This year’s Pow Wow will be held in memory of Merle Assance-Beedie, an Elder who offered support and guidance to many students at Georgian.
The Pow Wow will be held in the gymnasium from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a Grand Entry at noon. The Grand Entry is the entry of the traditional dancers to the dance arena – the event that opens each Pow Wow. It’s a spectacular event and is great education for children and adults alike.
Aboriginal dancers and drummers from across Ontario will perform traditional songs and dances. Visitors won’t want to miss the very talented Host Drum – Armour Hill, Youth Drum – Red Bird Singers and many other performers from across the province.
Aboriginal arts and crafts will also be available for sale from a number of vendors who travel the Pow Wow trail annually.
“A traditional Pow Wow is a remarkable celebration of the rich culture and traditions handed down to us from generation to generation,” says Christina Ruddy, Pow Wow Co-ordinator. “It not only showcases our talented dancers and singers but allows us as Aboriginal people to uphold our teachings of inclusiveness by sharing these gifts with the college students, faculty and the community as a whole.”
Admission to the event is free. Donations of cash or non-perishable food items will be accepted at the door for the Georgian College Student Food Locker.