It's hard to believe that this is the first major pow wow held on the University of Toronto campus! According to an article published on the University of Toronto website, the pow wow this weekend will be the university's “first major, arena-style powwow in decades.”
The event, Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival, is being organized by U of T students and open to the public. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and an alumna of U of T’s Faculty of Medicine is expected to be in attendance.
It's a “teaching powwow,” meant to educate others about Indigenous traditions, said Jennifer Sylvester, president and communications coordinator of the Indigenous Studies Student Union.
“It was the students who came to the Indigenous Studies Student Union and said, ‘We don’t have a powwow to call our own,’” she said. “I brought that forward when I started reaching out to the various places on campus for support. We wanted this to be a moment to honour students.
The free event takes place Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Athletic Centre – Sports Gym, 320 Huron Street, Toronto, Ontario. Doors open at 11 a.m. and grand entry and 1 p.m. with the pow wow officially ending at 6 p.m.
Besides the traditional pow wow dancing and drumming you can also expect to see Metis jiggers, smoke dancers, Aztec dancers, Inuit drummers and singers.