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Annual Powwow

Okanagan College Annual Youth Exhibition Powwow

Okanagan College is proud to host our 11th Annual Youth Exhibition Powwow in the Courtyard at the Kelowna Campus on September 19, 2019. Every September dancers and drummers from across the BC interior converge on the KLO Campus to take part in our non-competitive Powwow.

Everyone is welcome to experience one of the most visual celebrations of the Aboriginal culture. Last year approximately 1000 students, faculty and staff along with members of the general community enjoyed this high profile event that showcased Aboriginal culture and dance.

Please note that this is an alcohol and drug free event.

See below for registration details. We look forward to seeing you at the Powwow!

If you're interested in dancing please contact Jewell Gillies at at 1-877-755-2266, extension 4498 or at

Pre-Powwow Seminar

See the Pre-Powwow Poster!Come on out and learn the meaning behind powwow dances, songs and protocols.

Date: Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Location: The Pit (Student Services Building)

Presenter: Richard Jackson

For more information contact Jewell Gillies at: 250-762-5445, ext. 4498 OR

Okanagan College Youth Exhibition Powwow

Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: Grand entry: 9:30 a.m. - Closing Ceremony: 4 p.m.

Location: Courtyard, Kelowna Campus - 1000 KLO Road

MC: Richard Jackson

Arena Director: Noel Ferguson

  • Invited drums only
  • All dancers welcomes
  • A small gist to all the dancers in regalia
  • Crafters and vendors welcome
  • Special Ceremony

For more information contact Jewell Gillies at: 1-877-755-2266, ext. 4498 OR

Powwow Etiquette
Here is a little information to help you enjoy the Powwow and to let you know what you can expect, if this is your first time attending.
  1. Be on time. The committee is doing everything possible to ensure that activities begin and run smoothly. Please cooperate in this regard.
  2. Master of Ceremonies (MC) is the person who sets the tempo of the powwow.
  3. Listen to the MC as he will announce the program activities.
  4. Arena Director is the keeper of the arena circle.
  5. Respect the traditions of each community. Ask the MC or Arena Director if you are uncertain of any etiquette during the powwow.
  6. Whipman is the person that ensures that the grounds are respected and the dancers enter into the dance circle in their categories.
  7. Grand Entry is when the all categories enter the arena circle, led by the flag and eagle staffs, veterans, dignitaries, and powwow royalty.
  8. Flag song is the First Nation National Anthem - please stand and remove your hat if you don’t have an eagle feather in it to pay your respects.
  9. Dancers wishing to reserve a space should place a blanket in that space before the dance begins. Please do not sit on someone else’s blanket unless invited. Any uncovered space is not reserved
  10. Take your own chair, there is usually limited bench seating.
  11. If taking pictures of the dancers, please ask the dancer first and remember common courtesy and ask permission. Group pictures are usually alright to take.
  12. Pictures during feather pick-ups is not allowed. Or when a whistle blowing or fanning at the drum is taking place.
  13. Dance as hard and long as you can in your category or in intertribal dances.
  14. Be aware of the people behind you who may not be able to see over you – make room, step aside, sit or kneel.
  15. No alcohol or drugs allowed.
  16. Princesses and Warriors are the royalty representing their respected powwow community.
  17. There will be veterans present. They are to be respected. Attendees are welcomed and encouraged to shake their hands.
  18. Elders are encouraged to have the best seats where they can view the dancing. They should be taken care of, ensure they have assistance, snacks and drinks.
  19. The MC table is the center head of the arena, not only because it holds a seat for the MC, but it is where the giveaways are arranged and announcements are posted. It is also where the flags and Eagle Staffs are posted and retrieved at the beginning and end of each session.

Thank you to Richard Jackson Jr. and Ursula R. Drynock for providing the above etiquette.

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50/50 Ticket Draw

This upcoming powwow will have a 50/50 draw with proceeds going to student awards for Indigenous Students.

Ticket price is $2.00 per ticket for both the 50/50. Tickets will be sold in the Aboriginal Services office (S124) beginning September 13 until the event cutoff time at 1:00pm on September 20. The draw is to be held at 1:30pm in the courtyard.

Winner must be present at the time of the draw. If no winner comes forward after 10 minutes, we will draw another ticket.

Tickets may be sold and purchased only in British Columbia at the event.

Chances are 1 in 1000 (total tickets for sale) to win a grand prize of either draw. Actual odds depend on the number of tickets sold.

Okanagan College Foundation

Contact: Dawn Douglas (250) 762-5445, ext. 4774

Chances are 1 in 1000 (Total Tickets for Sale) to win a grand prize

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Aboriginal Recognition Ceremony

Annual Aboriginal Recognition Ceremony Information

You are invited to participate in a special cultural ceremony recognizing your student success, surrounded by your peers, family and friends.

Annual Aboriginal Student Recognition Ceremony
March 9th, 2019
1000 K.L.O. Rd, Kelowna
S104, Lecture Theater

12pm - 1pm: Coffee and photographer available
1pm - 3:30pm: Ceremony
3:30pm: Reception and dinner served

Celebrate Your Achievements & Culture

You are invited to participate in a special cultural ceremony recognizing your student success, surrounded by your peers, family and friends.

Check out the Aboriginal Recognition Ceremony Poster!

Please fill out form below.
Register for Aboriginal Recognition Ceremony
Aboriginal Recognition Ceremony Form

Aboriginal Career Fair

Career Fair
26th Annual Aboriginal Career Fair
Okanagan College, Kelowna
May 7th, 2019
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Vendor registration: Aboriginal Career Fair ($75 vendor fee/table)


Each year hundreds of students from all the surrounding school districts come out to this amazing career and post secondary fair. Local business leaders, post secondary institutions and community organizations come out to network and inspire Aboriginal students.

This coming years event will be held at Okanagan College, Kelowna Campus and will be an all day event, we will provide a hot lunch for students and vendors and there will be exciting door prizes to be won!

Vendor fee is $75.00, after the online registration form is submitted, you will receive a invoice from Ki Low Na Friendship Society. Payments can be made by cheque.

Please fill out the form below.
Register for Aboriginal Career Fair
Aboriginal Career Fair Form

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