LUNSA hosting 29th annual Powwow this weekend

March 7, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) is excited to be hosting their 29th Annual Powwow at the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse, March 10-12.

LUNSA is honoured to have the Whitefish Bay Singers 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 10 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Grand Entry is scheduled for 12 pm and 6:30 pm onSaturday, March 11 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 12 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.

Everyone is welcome to attend:


Friday, March 10:
Warm-ups – 6 pm

Saturday, March 11:
Grand Entry – 12 pm and 6:30 pm
Traditional Feast – 5 pm

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

  • Master of Ceremonies: Ryan McMahon (Couchiching First Nation)
  • Arena Director: Todd Genno (Biigtigong Nishnaabeg)
  • Spiritual Advisor: Gilbert Smith (Northwest Bay)
  • Host Drum:  Whitefish Bay Singers (Whitefish Bay)


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