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St. Benedict Pow wow educates locals and internationals alike

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In photo: Elder Jeanne Naponse stands with dancers from the Atikamashing and other Indigenous communities, as well as students from other schools within the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.

May 10, 2018 - Thanks to great weather, the educational pow wow at St. Benedict went off without a hitch Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

The detailed and colourful regalia stayed dry and there were hundreds of students who were able to walk away from the experience learning something about traditions and Indigenous culture.

The pow wow was partially funded by a Speak Up grant from the Ministry of Education in the area of Opening Doors for Indigenous Conversations.

Laura Kuzenko, Principal of St. Benedict Catholic School says the grant was successful to ensure that more than 450 visitors from within the board and within other boards learned the traditions and spiritual meaning behind such an important cultural solstice event.

“We have a number of international students at our school who would have experienced a pow wow for the first time and yet we have many Canadian nationals who were here for the first time as well to learn together.”

Lunch was also served to the visitors which included traditional Indian tacos.


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