County supports annual powwow

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The fourth annual High Prairie Traditional Powwow has been set for May 5 and received support from Big Lakes County.

At its meeting Jan. 10, council granted a sponsorship of $200 and items for a door prize or silent auction item.

Administration recommended a donation from $100-$550 and promotional items to support a request from the High Prairie Aboriginal Interagency Committee.

“This community event offers an opportunity to support various Aboriginal agencies through a positive legacy and cultural event,” says Heather Nanninga, director of corporate services.

More than 1,000 people have attended the free powwow annually in the Sports Palace celebrated in the spirit of reconciliation and a cultural legacy created by ancestors.

“The powwow is an excellent way to share this legacy with children, youth families, and community members,” says a letter signed by co-chair Cheryl Kachuk.

Dancing and drumming will be in the spotlight at the powwow that also features free soup and bannock and Native crafts for sale.

Aboriginal high school graduating students will again be recognized with a blanket as a key component of the powwow.

“The powwow will raise the profile of Aboriginal people in the High Prairie area and instills a sense of pride in Aboriginal children, youth parents, extended families and communities,” Kachuk says.


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