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There will be one event during this year’s O-Week, amidst the traditional Tower Party, Vendor fair, etc., that will allow students to familiarize themselves with more than just the culture of the campus and university.
Being held on Friday, Sept. 7, the first ever traditional Pow Wow demonstration at Brock University will take place in the Jubilee Courtyard, with awareness and inclusion being the major goals for the event.
“We hope the event raises Brock students’ awareness of the rich Indigenous cultures in the communities on our doorstep,” says acting director of the Tecumseh Centre Dr. Julian Kitchen. “We also hope that it will help Aboriginal students at Brock feel that they are a vital part of the Brock Community.”
Hosted by the Student Justice (SJC) Centre and in collaboration with Aboriginal Student Services, the event is sponsored in part by the Faculty of Education’s Tecumseh Centre, who will provide financial support as well as posters on Aboriginal issues and topics.
“There will be Tecumseh Centre tables at which staff will offer information on Aboriginal Studies, courses, other Aboriginal programs and research activities,” says Kitchen. “Aboriginal staff and instructors will also participate in drumming and dancing.”
According to Tikvah Mindorff, SJC coordinator, the expectations for this year’s Pow Wow are small, at least in terms of size.
“Most universities across Canada have large Pow Wows each year that draw hundreds of people out to the event, some continuing the tradition for more than 10 years,” says Mindorrf. “It is hoped that this year will be the start of a new tradition that will celebrate the strong native presence here in Niagara and also provide an opportunity for students to learn more about Canada`s First People.”
The Brock University Students’ Union has also provided promotion and support for the event, including it in the O-Week lineup along with all of their other events.
Brock Dining Services, along with Aboriginal Student Services, will provide traditional foods free of charge to those at the Pow Wow.
“This event was the work of dedicated Brock students,” says Kitchen. “We at the Tecumseh Centre hope that this will become an annual event, and will do all we can to help them make this happen.”