Media Advisory: Pow-wow comes to campus


First Peoples’ House celebrates aboriginal culture in song, dance and games

Singing, dancing, drumming and lacrosse will come to McGill University’s downtown campus Friday as the University and its First Peoples’ House present the ninth annual pow-wow on Friday, Sept. 24, on the lower field at the downtown campus. And the public is invited to participate, free of charge.

“The pow-wow is an exciting annual event that celebrates Aboriginal People with a day-long gathering for students and the entire community. Diverse events will include traditional dance demonstrations, drumming, Inuit throat singing and a lacrosse game,” said Paige Isaac, interim co-ordinator of First Peoples' House at McGill.

“We are reaching out to Aboriginal high school students from local and community high schools, and organizing activities specifically for them, including human bingo, Inuit game demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and a campus tour, etc.,” Isaac added.

McGill Aboriginal students will provide storytelling for the little ones from the Rising Sun Childcare Centre, Montreal’s first and only aboriginal daycare.

Traditional performers will include: The Keepers of the Eastern Door Dancers, The Deer Family Dancers and The Sampson Family Dancers, The Redtail Spirit Singers and Tiohtiá:ke

The event will welcome community groups such as the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, Quebec Native Women’s Shelter, and the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network. High school students from Kahnawake and Kahnesatake communities will be on hand to take part in the day.

  • What: McGill’s First Peoples’ House 9th Annual Pow-wow
  • Where: McGill University, Downtown lower campus
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE


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