Join the Lakehead University Native Students Association (LUNSA) for their annual three-day gathering which draws participants from across the region. On Friday at 6 pm, warm-ups will be held. Saturday’s schedule begins with a Grand Entry at 1 pm, a traditional feast at 5 pm, and a Grand Entry at 7 pm, and continues on Sunday with a Grand Entry at noon followed by closing ceremonies at 5 pm.
“The Lakehead University Native Students Association is proud to host its 28th Annual ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ Powwow,” 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.
Ryan McMahon, Couchiching First Nation, will be the MC for the event, which features head male dancer Steve Achneepineskum, Marten Falls First Nation, head female dancer Tanis Faulconer Gagnon, Onko-Onikamink, as well as host drum Northern Wind, Naotkamegwanning First Nation.
The powwow takes place at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse, Lakehead University from March 11–13. In keeping with the powwow’s theme of truth and reconciliation, all are invited to attend this event.
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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.