Monday, February 29, 2016 – Thunder Bay
The Lakehead University Native Students Association (LUNSA) is hosting its annual Powwow at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13, 2016.
In keeping with the powwow’s theme of Truth & Reconciliation, all are invited to attend this event.
“The Lakehead University Native Students Association is proud to host its 28th Annual ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ Powwow at the C.J. Sanders Field House this year,” says LUNSA President Brianna Decontie. “We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Ojibwe of Fort William First Nation and in the Robinson Superior Treaty area. We cordially invite all to attend this free public event in celebration of Aboriginal culture and traditions.”
The annual Powwow is LUNSA's signature event and showcases tremendous talent and entertainment, 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.
Special Guests include:
- Master of Ceremonies: Ryan McMahon (Couchiching FN)
- Arena Director: Todd Genno (Biigtigong Nishnaabeg)
- Spiritual Advisor: Kalvin Ottertail (Lac La Croix FN)
- Host Drum: Northern Wind (Kabapikotawangag)
- Head Male Dancer: Steve Achneepineskum (Marten Falls FN)
- Head Female Dancer: Tanis Faulconer Gagnon (Onko-Onikamink)
The Agenda is as follows:
Friday, March 11
- Warm-ups from 6 - 10 pm
Saturday, March 12
- Grand Entry at 1 pm and 7 pm
- Traditional Feast at 5 pm
- Wrap up for the day at 10 pm
Sunday, March 13
- Grand Entry at 12 pm and Closing Ceremonies ending at 5 pm.
Media are invited to visit the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse at 3 pm on Saturday, March 12.
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Media: For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Kelly Arnold, Media Relations and Marketing Assistant, at (807) 343-8177.
LUNSA is a volunteer Lakehead University Student Union club. Its goals are to promote the spirit of unity among Aboriginal students at Lakehead University through social, cultural, and recreational event - in addition to promoting cultural awareness between club members and the greater Lakehead University student population.
Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.
Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.