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Capacity crowd expected for grad pow-wow at BU

Opening ceremonies of last year's BU graduation pow wow.

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Opening ceremonies of last year's BU graduation pow wow.

A capacity crowd is expected to participate in the annual Graduation Pow Wow at Brandon University, on Thursday. The celebration that will involve singing, dancing and a giant pot of wild meat stew.

"Pow Wow is a tradition among aboriginal peoples," said event organizer Rhonda McCorriston, who is BU’s director of aboriginal initiatives. "(It's) a time for celebrating and socializing. Through dancing, feasting and having fun, we take pride in traditional heritage and honour the journeys of our friends and relatives."

This year, 47 aboriginal students are receiving BU degrees, including Shelli Flett from Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation, a community on the north shore of Lake Winnipeg. Flett is completing her education degree, after earning a Bachelor of Physical Education Studies in 2011.

"My time at BU has been an incredibly amazing six years," Flett said. "BU gave me opportunities to develop friendships and create connections. I hope to make a difference in children’s lives by encouraging them to be active learners and develop their own ambitions and goals."

The Graduation Pow Wow will feature drum groups, dancers in full regalia, and a stew made from 80 pounds of elk, moose and deer meat.

"That’s never been done before on the BU campus," McCorriston said.

The pow wow takes place at BU’s Healthy Living Centre on Thursday, May 29, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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