LUNSA hosting 30th annual Powwow

Powwow poster

March 5, 2018 – Thunder Bay, ON

The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) is excited to be hosting their 30th annual Powwow at the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse, March 9-11.

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. 

LUNSA is honoured to have the Whitefish Bay Singers as the Host Drum and Song Warrior as the co-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 9 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Grand Entry is scheduled for 12 pm and 6:30 pm on Saturday, March 10 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 11 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.


Everyone is welcome to attend:



Friday, March 9:
Warm-ups – 6 pm - 10 pm

Saturday, March 10:
Grand Entry – 12 pm and 6:30 pm
Traditional Feast – 5 pm

Sunday, March 11:

Grand Entry at 12 pm and Closing Ceremonies until 5 pm



  • Master of Ceremonies:  Ron Kanutski (Lake Helen First Nation)
  • Arena Director: Todd Genno (Biigtigong Nishnaabeg)
  • Spiritual Advisor: Gilbert Smith (Northwest Bay)
  • Host Drum:  Whitefish Bay Singers (Whitefish Bay)
  • Co-Host Drum: Song Warrior (Zhingwaako Zaaga’igan)




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