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 11th Annual Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow: Celebrating Life Long Learning at the George Leach Centre (GLC) at Algoma University on Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th, 2016.
“The two-day event is a gathering and celebration of Anishinaabe culture through a variety of traditional and contemporary events,” said Margaret Neveau, 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 5th at 1:00pm and 7:00pm and on Sunday, March 6th at 12:00pm. There will also be a variety of Anishinaabe crafts and traditional food vendors located onsite at the GLC. The master of ceremonies for the weekend-long celebration will be Joel Syrette. Host drum duties will be handled by Bear Creek from Sault Ste. Marie. Co-host drum is Charging Horse from Peterborough. The head veteran is Walker Stonefish. This year’s host hotel is the Days Inn and Suites on Bay Street.
The Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow is an initiative that was started by SASA 11 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, and Waabinong Head Start.