LUNSA hosting 27th annual Powwow

March 17, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON

The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) is excited to be hosting their 27th Annual Powwow at the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse, March 20-22.

LUNSA is honoured to have Shkoday-Asin as the Host Drum. Lakehead University students and the Thunder Bay community will gather together in celebration of Aboriginal culture and dance.  

Warm-ups will be held on Friday, March 20 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Grand Entry is scheduled for 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, March 21 with a Traditional Feast being served at 5 pm and the powwow will wrap up for the day at 10 pm.  Grand Entry is set for noon on Sunday, March 22 with the powwow ending at 5 pm.

LUNSA is a volunteer LUSU club.  Its goals are to promote the spirit of unity among Aboriginal students at Lakehead University through social, cultural, and recreational events in addition to promoting cultural awareness between club members and the greater Lakehead University student population.

The annual powwow is LUNSA’s signature event that showcases tremendous talent and entertainment, free of charge, while reinforcing traditional aspects of Aboriginal culture such as drumming, dancing, singing, and giving thanks. Attendees can purchase traditional Aboriginal merchandise from on-site vendors.

Everyone is welcome to attend:


Friday, March 20:
Warm-ups – 6 pm

Saturday, March 21:
Grand Entry – 1 pm and 7 pm
Traditional Feast – 5 pm

Sunday, March 22:
Grand Entry at 12 pm and Closing Ceremonies until 5 pm 

  • Master of Ceremonies: North Man (Pic River First Nation)
  • Arena Director: Todd Genno (Pic River, First Nation)
  • Spiritual Advisor: Kalvin Ottertail (Lac La Croix, First Nation)
  • Host Drum: Shkoday-Asin (Thunder Bay)



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