Algoma University, the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division (AID), and the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association (SASA) welcome everyone to come and indulge in Native culture and customs at the 10th Annual Gathering at the Rapids Powwow: Celebrating Life Long Learning at the George Leach Centre (GLC) at Algoma University on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th, 2015.
“The two-day event is a gathering and celebration of Anishinaabe culture through a variety of traditional and contemporary events,” said Steven McCoy, Anishinaabe Events Coordinator at Algoma University. “The Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow is an inclusive event that attracts guests of different cultural backgrounds and heritages, who by participating will gain an enhanced understanding and appreciation of Anishinaabe culture, beliefs, and traditions.”
Grand entries will be on Saturday, March 7th at 1:00pm and 7:00pm and on Sunday, March 8th at 12:00pm. There will also be a variety of Anishinaabe craft and traditional food vendors located on site at the George Leach Centre. The master of ceremonies for the weekend-long celebration will be Joel Syrette. Host drum duties will be handled by Whitefish Bay from Lake of the Woods. Co-host drum is Bear Creek from Sault Ste. Marie. The head veteran is Jan Ritchie. This year’s host hotel is the Bay Street Quality Inn.
The Gathering at the Rapids Powwow is an initiative started by SASA 10 years ago and has become one of the largest pow wows in the immediate Algoma region due to the generous support of various community sponsors such as the Indian Friendship Centre, Turtle Concepts, Métis Nation of Ontario, Pepsi, and Waabinong Head Start.
For more information, please contact McCoy at 705-949-2301, Ext. 4816 or at [email protected]
Admission and parking is free, and all events are open to the public