Giveaway Ceremony – Round Dance & Pow Wow

    At the end of every Round Dance & Pow Wow a Giveaway Ceremony is performed.  The Giveaway is performed for several reasons, including as a way of honouring those who have gathered to connect and strengthen relationships, and to celebrate First Peoples’ identity and culture. Culturally, Aboriginal people are not to judge others by how much

    Pow Wows

    Pow Wows are celebrations which showcase Aboriginal music, dances, dance apparel, food and crafts. Commonly hosted by First Nations communities (either on reserve or in urban settings), Métis and Inuit also participate in contemporary Pow Wows. Pow Wows promote cultural pride, respect and health for young and old in an inclusive setting; drugs and alcohol are forbidden on the Pow Wow

    Orange Shirt Day

    Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity

    Eagle Staff

    The tradition of the Eagle Staff has been passed down from generation to generation. In Aboriginal cultures, the Eagle Staff represents various meanings, spiritual entities, nations, clans, languages, medicines and healing. It is believed that eagles communicate directly with the Creator, making eagles themselves, their feathers and their images highly revered by First Peoples. From

    Thirteen Moons on a Turtle’s Back

    To keep track of seasonal changes Native people would use the turtle’s shell.  The moon completes 13 lunar cycles between summers.  It takes 28 days to go from full moon to full moon (one lunar cycle).There are 13 large scutes, or sections found on a turtle’s inner shell.  Surrounding them are 28 smaller scutes on