Pow Wow, panel discussion to celebrate Indigeneity and academia at York U

TORONTO, February 26, 2014 — York University’s Aboriginal students have organized the 12th Annual All Nations Pow Wow & Gathering: Celebrating Indigeneity & Academia, a three day event, featuring a dynamic combination of performances by hip hop, graffiti and beat box artists, February 27.

A traditional Pow Wow and a community feast and gala featuring a Métis fiddler, Inuit throat singers and an Aboriginal women’s hand drum group will enliven York’s Keele Street campus, thanks to the combined efforts of the Aboriginal Students’ Association at York (ASAY), the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services and the Osgoode Indigenous Students Association.

Work produced by graffiti artist Isaac Weber at the opening will be auctioned during the gala, with proceeds going to ASAY, according to the organizers. This year’s lineup also includes a discussion and a speakers’ panel on the topic, “Identity and Resistance”,       and an education and career fair.

WHAT, WHEN & WHERE:

12th Annual Pow Wow & Gathering: Celebrating Indigeneity & Academia opening ceremony, Thursday, February 27, 3:00-4:00pm on the Main Floor, Student Centre, York University, Keele Campus (building number 23 on the map)

Discussion and Speakers’ Panel: Identity and Resistance with guest speakers Maria Campbell, Cherie Dimaline and Giles Benaway, Friday, February 28, 10:00-4:00pm at Room 1005, Osgoode Hall (building number 30 on the map)

Traditional Pow Wow & Career Fair, Saturday, March 1, 12:00-5:00pm at Vari Hall Rotunda, (building number 30 on the map)

Community Feast & Gala, Saturday, March 1, 6:00pm at the Underground Restaurant (building number 23 on the map) featuring Métis fiddler Kim Anderson, Inuit throat singers Qatsuu Evic and Pam Sevigny and Spirit Wind, a women’s hand drum group

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Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca