On March 14, 2015, Georgian College will welcome thousands of people to its 10th annual traditional pow wow at the Barrie Campus.
A decade ago a group of Georgian College students and community members organized the first event. Since then, it has grown by leaps and bounds.
This year’s theme is “10 Years of Dance and Song.” Students in the Anishnaabemowin Language Programming program worked with staff and Elders and translated the theme into Anishnaabemowin (Ojibway) as “Midaaso Bbonong Niimwin Miinwa Ngamwin.”
The pow wow is a time for people to celebrate and share culture and heritage through drumming, singing, dancing, feasting, sharing, and laughter. Once again this year there will be many talented and amazing craft vendors who will be selling their handcrafted wares.
The event will be held at the Barrie Campus Athletic Centre. Doors are open to the public at 10:30 a.m. The spectacular Grand Entry will take place at noon and again at 7 p.m. for the evening session. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the event wraps up at 9 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. Donations of non-perishable food items are encouraged at the door. All food donations are for the Georgian College Student Food Locker program.
Georgian students play a key role in organizing and hosting the event. Over the past year the pow wow committee, composed mostly of the Aboriginal Studies department students have worked in collaboration with other Georgian College students to plan the event together.
Everyone is welcome. This is a great opportunity to learn and participate. Many dances are open to everyone; you don’t need anything but your willingness to join in the fun.
Article and photos courtesy of Georgian College.