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Canadore College’s 34th annual powwow a tremendous success

Feb 5, 2024 | Cindy Males, Public Relations and Communications Specialist

Dancer at pow wow

The traditional sounds of Indigenous dancing, singing, and drumming filled the gymnasium at Canadore on Saturday as the College celebrated its annual winter powwow. Hundreds of people attended, some from far away, to gather in the celebration of Indigenous culture.

“There is a really big turnout of young singers ─ a lot of singers who are just starting out ─ and I think it’s awesome that we’re encouraging them to embrace the culture, participate, strive for that good life,” said Gerald McComb, Cultural Advisor to Canadore’s First Peoples’ Centre. “The theme of this powwow is Walking the Red Road, which is walking a positive path, being sober, treating others well, and treating yourself well.”  

The entire Canadore student community was well-represented at the Indigenous celebration.

Canadore Students’ Council is a really huge supporter of this event, and it’s nice to be included with the cultures that we have at Canadore,” said Council President Jessica Crook. “Seeing all of our students – Indigenous, domestic, and international -- coming together, it warms my heart to see that people are getting involved in our student community.”

“There’s a lot of togetherness in the powwow. A lot of friends and family get to visit here and people make new connections,” said McComb. “It’s a positive experience and we do it for the students to have the chance to make connections.”