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2023 Canadore College Pow Wow a huge success

Feb 15, 2023 | Cindy Males, Public Relations and Communications Specialist

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The 34th annual Canadore College Pow Wow was a resounding success, by all accounts.  People were eager to gather together again.  An estimated 400 people filled the College Drive gymnasium on February 4, 2023, at the first in-person event since before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The turnout was amazing,” said Gerald McComb, First Peoples’ Centre Cultural Advisor.  “Many community members, singers, and dancers from out of town travelled to take part in the Pow Wow.  They seemed to really enjoy themselves.”

The secret to the event’s longevity and success is quite simple – everyone is welcome to attend to experience Indigenous traditions. 

“I think that the campus community is interested in learning about and supporting the indigenous culture, and the indigenous student population is eager to share it with them,” said student Jenelle Manitowabi from Lac Seul First Nation.

The drummers, singers, and dancers came from as far away as Ottawa, Wikwemikoong, and Timmins.  They maintained a high energy level throughout the seven-hour event.

“They did an amazing job keeping the energy of the Pow Wow moving.  Many dancers and drummers showed up to share their songs, dance styles, and stories,” said McComb.  “I want to commend the committee and volunteers for working hard to make the Pow Wow happen and ensuring that everything ran smoothly.” 

McComb says this year’s event could not accommodate all of the vendors who wanted to attend, so the organizers will be looking to try and find more space.

“People were happy to get together again for this Pow Wow after the pandemic prevented in-person gatherings,” said McComb.  “Canadore College's annual Pow Wow has been a popular gathering for the local community as well as neighbouring communities.  To be able to come back was a joyful moment for many.”

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