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Timmins’ Northern College kicks off 2018 pow wow season

By Frank Giorno

The 18th Northern College pow wow was held last weekend April 21 and 22 kicking off the 2018 pow wow season.

If you missed the Northern College pow wow there will be many across Ontario North that you, your friends and family may attend.

At Northern College the theme for the 18th annual pow wow was “Remembering our Missing or Murdered Sisters and Brothers – a theme of especial significance for Timmins as two members of the Aboriginal community died at the hands of Timmins police on the same day February 3, 2018.

In addition, TPS have still not solved the murder of Mario Wesley in 2014.

There remain up to six Aboriginal women in and around the Timmins area and other parts of Ontario’s Northeast whose cases have not been solved including the murder of Therese L’Abbe who was killed in 1989.

Here is a list of the people who contributed to making the Northern College pow wow a success

Host drum: Eagle Heart
Co-host drum: High Ridge Singers
Head Dancers: Dawn McKenzie and Sonny Papatie
Invited Dancers: Elaine Kicknosway and Donald Sutherland
Youth Dancers: Miyopin Cheechoo & Theland Kicknosway
Child Dancers: To be announced daily
GOOKUM AND MOOSHOOM: Geraldine Govendor & David Faries
Emcee: Kirby Mianskum
Arena Director: Gerald Chum

And in case you want to know what events were held here they are:

Sunrise Ceremony in College Teepee Saturday,6:30 am
Sacred Fire in Teepee /Shaputuan: Saturday 7:00 am

Saturday April 21, 2018
12pm GRAND ENTRY Gymnasium
All Dancers and Flag Carriers Enter
1:30pm Children’s Crafts and Activities Quill Lounge
5pm Feast – Cafeteria
7pm-9pm – EVENING GRAND ENTRY – Gymnasium

Sunday April 22, 2018
12pm GRAND ENTRY – Gymnasium
All Dancers and Flag Carriers Enter
1:30pm Children’s Crafts and Activities – Quill Lounge
4pm Giveaway and Closing Ceremony- Gymnasium

 

George Fox, right, in traditional clothes, was the staff bearer for the Timmins Native Friendship Centre. Frank Giorno for The ONE.

 

The costumes of the dancers splash the Northern College gym with vivid colours. Frank Giorno for The ONE

 

A visit to the Timmins Native Friendship Centre table on the mezzanine overlooking the gym will provide you with all the information you need to learn about First Nation culture. Debbie Lovelace from the TNFC, right, and her volunteers. Frank Giorno for The ONE.

 

Marc Depatie, right, Communications Coordinator for Timmins Police, helps with last minute preparations for Timmins Police participants in the grand entry. Frank Giorno for The ONE.

 

 

Two drumming circles are seated at the centre of the gym and also the centre of activities. Frank Giorno for The ONE.

 

NEXT STORY: A list of 2018 pow wows across Ontario North

 

About the writer:

Frank Giorno

Frank Giorno lives in Timmins, Ontario. He is a graduate of York University (Honors B.A Political Science) and Ryerson School of Journalism (B.A. Journalism). Frank has worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of www.mininglifeonline.com and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Frank has also worked as Research Director for the Canadian Environmental Law Association; Senior Communications Advisor on Water Quality Issues for the Ministry of the Environment; Public Affairs Associate for Region of Peel Public Works; and Media Relations Officer for Toronto Public Health. In Timmins, he served as the Communications Manager for Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre/Five Nations Energy Project on Energy Conservation. He freelanced for www.timminstoday.com Frank is a published author of essays on the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War 2, “Internee 328: Camp Petawawa” co-written with James McCreath appears in “Beyond Barbed Wire” (Guernica Editions 2012). He has published four books of poetry, My Nation is a Train…Wreck (2017, Northern Voices Publications), MoPoPoMo (2016, Northern Voices Publications), “Elvis in America,” and “Arrivederci! Plastic Covered Couch ( 2006, 2008 Lyricalmyrical Press)”.
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Frank Giorno

Frank Giorno Frank Giorno lives in Timmins, Ontario. He is a graduate of York University (Honors B.A Political Science) and Ryerson School of Journalism (B.A. Journalism). Frank has worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of www.mininglifeonline.com and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Frank has also worked as Research Director for the Canadian Environmental Law Association; Senior Communications Advisor on Water Quality Issues for the Ministry of the Environment; Public Affairs Associate for Region of Peel Public Works; and Media Relations Officer for Toronto Public Health. In Timmins, he served as the Communications Manager for Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre/Five Nations Energy Project on Energy Conservation. He freelanced for www.timminstoday.com Frank is a published author of essays on the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War 2, “Internee 328: Camp Petawawa” co-written with James McCreath appears in “Beyond Barbed Wire” (Guernica Editions 2012). He has published four books of poetry, My Nation is a Train...Wreck (2017, Northern Voices Publications), MoPoPoMo (2016, Northern Voices Publications), “Elvis in America,” and “Arrivederci! Plastic Covered Couch ( 2006, 2008 Lyricalmyrical Press)”.

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