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Lakehead U and Con College Host Annual Powwow

(March 8, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON) The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA), in partnership with Confederation College's Oshki Anishnawbeg Student Association (OASA), is gearing up to welcome hundreds of guests to the Annual Powwow.  The theme of this year's event, which takes place at Lakehead University's C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse over the weekend of March 13 and 14, is Our Mother Earth, Our Culture, Our Language. 

Through various events and activities offered throughout the year, LUNSA strives to promote spirit and unity among Lakehead's Aboriginal students, and to raise cultural awareness among members of the Lakehead University student community.

"The annual powwow is LUNSA's signature event," says Sarah Nelson, LUNSA Secretary.  "It has developed a loyal following because it showcases tremendous entertainment, free of charge, and reinforces traditional aspects of Aboriginal culture, such as drummers, dancers, song, and giving thanks."  Vendors will be on site to sell traditional Aboriginal merchandise, and attendees can also enjoy a free feast.  Nelson adds that student organizers are looking forward to welcoming returning and first-time guests to this year's event, which is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

"The LUNSA/OASA Powwow is special and unique because it is fully organized by students," says Lisa Wabange, Aboriginal Liaison/Advisor, Lakehead University.  "Not only can its continued success be attributed to the time these students dedicate, but also to the cultural and financial support provided by Lakehead University's Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, as well as LUSU, and community stakeholders."

Ralph Taylor serves as Arena Director, Elder Clarence White serves as Master of Ceremonies, and the Little Bear Singers are the Host Drum.  Admission and parking are free.  

Community members of all ages and from all walks of life are welcome to attend this free event.  The full event agenda is available at http://bolt.lakeheadu.ca/~lunsa

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Media: For more information or to arrange media interviews, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177 or commun@lakeheadu.ca. 

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,700 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca

Last updated June 22, 2010

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