Earlier this month, the Seniors in Charge (SICs) of Colebrook House extended an invitation to their peers, to attend the Curve Lake First Nation's annual Pow Wow
. This vibrant event provided LCS students with a unique opportunity to celebrate Indigenous heritage and partake in traditional customs.
In the language of the Anishinaabe people, "Pow Wow" signifies a celebration or gathering. For the Curve Lake community, the Pow Wow represents a time to pay homage to their ancestors and embrace their enduring traditions. The beat of the drums, a symbol of the heartbeat of creation, resonated throughout the event as dancers in their resplendent traditional regalia searched the ground for the footprints of their forebears.
Our students, captivated by the rhythmic beats and cultural significance, eagerly explored the Pow Wow's offerings. From traditional Indigenous foods to soulful music, to dancers donning regalia, the event provided an opportunity to experience local Indigenous culture.
Mia '25, whose mom, a talented beading artist occupied a booth at the event selling her jewelry, was enthusiastic about sharing this enriching experience with fellow Lakefield College School students. The event also held a personal connection for some attendees, like Charlie ’24 who had previously attended Pow Wows elsewhere in Ontario.
One student expressed their excitement, saying, "The Pow Wow was such a fun experience! I got to try lots of new food which was very delicious! And we saw all kinds of products such as jewelry, beeswax, and dream catchers."
Jameson '26, representing the Micmaq Nation in Newfoundland, noted the impressive scale of this Pow Wow compared to those in his hometown on the East Coast. The event was made even more special as Kenzie '26, adorned in purple, showcased her vibrant regalia while dancing with other women in the circle.
Natalie '24, a senior dance student, was captivated by the performers, describing them as "dressed in colourful traditional dresses and headpieces while dancing to the beats of the drums and live vocals." She even joined one of the open dances with her friends, emphasizing how inclusive and accessible the experience was for everyone.
One first-time attendee expressed gratitude for the opportunity, saying, "I am grateful that I am able to have this experience, and I hope that my classmates will continue to have opportunities to join events like this next year."
The Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow not only allowed LCS students to embrace Indigenous culture but also served as a reminder of the importance of celebrating diversity and fostering connections within the broader community. It was a day filled with meaningful experiences and valuable insights, leaving a memorable mark on all who attended.