LUNSA hosting 33rd annual Powwow from March 10-12

Photo from LUNSA's 2017 powwow.


Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) is excited to be hosting their 33rd annual Powwow at the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse, March 10–12.  

LUNSA is honoured to have Hope Lake as the Host Drum. Lakehead University students and the Thunder Bay community will come together at the powwow in celebration of Indigenous culture and dance.  

Warm-ups will be held on Friday, March 10 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Grand Entry is scheduled for 12 pm and 6 pm on Saturday, March 11 with a Traditional Feast being served at 4 pm and the powwow will wrap up for the day at 9 pm.   

Grand Entry is set for 11 am on Sunday, March 12 with the powwow ending at 4 pm. 

LUNSA is a volunteer Lakehead University Student Union club. Its goals are to promote the spirit of unity among Indigenous students at Lakehead University through social, cultural, and recreational events in addition to promoting cultural awareness between club members and the greater Lakehead University student population. 

The annual powwow is LUNSA’s signature event that showcases tremendous talent and entertainment, free of charge, while reinforcing traditional aspects of Indigenous culture such as drumming, dancing, singing, and giving thanks. 

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday, March 10:
Warm-ups – 6 pm - 8 pm

Saturday, March 11:
Grand Entry – 12 pm and 6 pm
Traditional Feast – 4 pm

Sunday, March 12:
Grand Entry at 11 am and Closing Ceremonies until 4 pm 
Master of Ceremonies: Jim Mishquart (Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek)
Arena Director: Todd Genno (Biigtigong Nishnaabeg)
Elder: Aaron Therriault (Aroland First Nation)
Host Drum:  Hope Lake (Naicatchewenin First Nation


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Photo from LUNSA's 2017 powwow.
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