Aboriginal Services

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Annual Powwow

When: September 17, 2020 - Grand entry: 9:30 a.m. - Closing Ceremony: 4 p.m.

Where: Courtyard, Kelowna Campus - 1000 KLO Road

Details: Okanagan College is proud to host our 12th Annual Youth Exhibition Powwow in the Courtyard at the Kelowna Campus on September 17, 2020. 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 Jessica MacDonald at 250-762-5445 extension 4931 or at jmacdonald@okanagan.bc.ca

Powwow Group

Pre-Powwow Seminar

Come on out and learn the meaning behind powwow dances, songs and protocols.

Date: Friday, Sept. 11, 2020
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: The Pit (Student Services Building)
Presenter: Richard Jackson

For more information contact Jessica MacDonald at 250-762-5445 extension 4931 or at jmacdonald@okanagan.bc.ca

Youth Exhibition Powwow

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020
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 gift to all the dancers in regalia
  • Crafters and vendors welcome
  • Special Ceremony

For more information contact Jessica MacDonald at 250-762-5445 extension 4931 or at jmacdonald@okanagan.bc.ca

Sign up and get involved

Registration is currently closed.

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.

  • Be on time. The committee is doing everything possible to ensure that activities begin and run smoothly. Please cooperate in this regard.
  • Master of Ceremonies (MC) is the person who sets the tempo of the powwow.
  • Listen to the MC as he will announce the program activities.
  • Arena Director is the keeper of the arena circle.
  • Respect the traditions of each community. Ask the MC or Arena Director if you are uncertain of any etiquette during the powwow.
  • Whipman is the person that ensures that the grounds are respected and the dancers enter into the dance circle in their categories.
  • Grand Entry is when all the categories enter the arena circle, led by the flag and eagle staffs, veterans, dignitaries, and powwow royalty.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Take your own chair, there is usually limited bench seating.
  • 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.
  • Pictures during feather pick-ups is not allowed. Or when a whistle blowing or fanning at the drum is taking place.
  • Dance as hard and long as you can in your category or in intertribal dances.
  • Be aware of the people behind you who may not be able to see over you – make room, step aside, sit or kneel.
  • No alcohol or drugs allowed.
  • Princesses and Warriors are the royalty representing their respected powwow community.
  • There will be veterans present. They are to be respected. Attendees are welcomed and encouraged to shake their hands.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 10 until the event cutoff time at 1:00 p.m. on September 17. The draw is to be held at 1:30 p.m. 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.

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

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