A second annual Pow Wow on Turtle Island is slated this year for Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. SFDCI, and students of the Indigenous Studies Program, will host the event. The purpose is to bring people together, connect the school with the community, and celebrate Indigenous culture and traditions.
Akwesasne Mohawks and the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation will conduct the Pow Wow. The first day, June 9, begins at 10 with a grand entrance at noon; a second grand entrance is scheduled for 6 with the closing ceremony at 8.
On June 10, the opening is at 10 with the grand entrance at noon, and the closing ceremony at 5. Traditional song, dance and drumming will be featured as well as traditional craft and food vendors, art and educational exhibits. Other activities will go on during the two-day celebration, and an exhibit of First Nations artifacts found along the Rideau will be featured throughout the weekend.
Malcolm Morris, CAO of the Town, calls it a “unique” event, and last year was popular with tourists.