Spirit of the Drum Traditional Powwow Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 on Duck Island in Smiths Falls
The Spirit of the Drum Traditional Powwow will take place on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, 2019 on Duck Island in Smiths Falls. The educational event is being organized by Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI), as well as their Indigenous partners, as an effort to raise awareness about Indigenous culture and to inspire reconciliation.
A highlight of the event will be the many Indigenous dancers who will perform. The school is hosting its annual Education Gallery Walk at the powwow, displaying student research projects featuring profiles of murdered and missing Indigenous women. There will be workshops by Elders and Knowledge Keepers on traditional medicine, wampum belts and treaty history, and birch bark canoe construction. The Thunder Cloud Drum Group will also present at the two-day event. Admission is free.
Partners in the event include: Town of Smiths Falls; Parks Canada; Upper Canada District School Board; Service Clubs of Smiths Falls; Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95; Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch 95; Community Health Services; Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce; Chris Burns and team: SFDCI Arts Department; Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario; Smiths Falls Police Service; Lanark County Paramedic Service; Romaine Mitchell, Ministry of Education; Josée Bourgeoise; SFDCI Chef Jeff Burns; Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario; Andress’ Your Independent Grocer; Food Basics (Smiths Falls); Cooperators Insurance (Paul Spinelli); UCDSB Vice Chair William MacPherson; Gary Lackey; Peter McKenna and John Jordan.
Details of the powwow are as follows:
Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon – 6:00 p.m. (Vendors open at 10 a.m.)
Sunday, June 9, 2019 Noon – 5:00 p.m. Duck Island 8 Abbott Street, Smiths Falls ON
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