Vance Chapman Public School, in partnership with Biwaase’aa, will be hosting a Pow Wow on Friday, March 8. The Pow Wow will provide an opportunity to work with Biwaase’aa to continue to provide opportunities for students to continue to learn about the significance of Pow Wows and to honour Indigenous culture.
“We are very fortunate to work with our community partner Biwaase’aa on this special event and many other student focused initiatives,” says Anne Marie McMahon-Dupuis, Principal of Vance Chapman Public School.
Pow Wows promote cultural pride, respect and health for young and old in an inclusive setting. Pow Wows serve an important role in many Indigenous peoples’ lives as a forum to visit family and friends, and to celebrate their cultural heritage, while also serving as a site for cross-cultural sharing with non-Indigenous attendees and participants.
Through Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon, Biwaase’aa offers culturally appropriate programs and services for Aboriginal youth. Programs provided include in-school student support such as mentorship, literacy and cultural teachings; After-school programs; and Lunch and snack programs.