A capacity crowd is expected to participate in the annual Graduation Powwow at Brandon University on Thursday. The celebration will involve singing, dancing and a giant pot of wild meat stew.
"Powwow is a tradition among aboriginal peoples," said event organizer Rhonda McCorriston, who is also 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 Powwow 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 powwow takes place at BU’s Healthy Living Centre on Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m.
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