Many thanks for a successful Pow Wow

Monday, September 29, 2014

From Jo-Anne Absolon, Waterloo Aboriginal Education Coordinator:

Chi-Miigwech for all the hard work that went into making this one of the best Pow Wows ever for St. Paul's University College and the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre!

Thank you to Hope for taking the time out of her schedule to help me out -- much appreciated and I believe everyone is grateful for your support. Thank you to all of the staff, students, and community members who volunteered their personal time to help with the Pow Wow, along with the Pow Wow committee: Your hard work made this a wonderful event.

I also want to thank the following individuals for being front and centre with VIP roles at our Pow Wow: MC Myeengun Henry, Arena Director George Kennedy, Elder Jean Becker, Fire keeper Al MacDonald, our Head Veteran Sam Hearns, ASA Flag Carrier Amy Smoke, Graham Brown, Principal of St. Paul's, Head Female Justine Kennedy, Head Male Bryden Kiwenzie, Head Jr. Female Tayla Roote, Head Jr. Male Tsista Kennedy and our awesome smoke dancer, Layakwas Kennedy.

A thank you as well to our special guests: MP Peter Braid and our Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran. Also a big chi-Miigwech goes out to our host drum, Chippewa Travellers, co-host drum, Cedar Hill, Community hand drummers Mino Ode Kwewak N'Gamowak, and all the visiting drums: Wausauksing, Longhouse Oneida Singers, Little Creek and Red Sun.

Chi-Miigwech to our workshop facilitators -- Jason Carter, Rene Meshake, Jan Sherman, Lois MacDonald, Marie-Louise Larivière, and Todd Longboat. An extra special thanks to all the dancers for bringing your positive energy into the arena, elders, traditional knowledge carriers, and food vendors who kept most of us fed in a very good way. No one left the Pow Wow hungry. Thank you to all the craft vendors for your kind gift donations that were used in our our traditional giveaway. I hope everyone got a traditional giveaway gift. 

Finally, I would like to thank all of our Pow Wow sponsors: Without your financial donations, our event would not have been possible. I would like to acknowledge: Scotiabank Multicultural and Aboriginal Banking, TD Bank, The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation, Office of Aboriginal Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier, the Equity Office at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Region Record's in-kind advertising, the Faculty of Engineering, Renison University College, and Hila Charnoe's personal donation. Thank you for honouring our cultural traditions for future generations.

Miigwech, Miigwech, Miigwech!

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