Honouring Culture

Ogden Community Public School, in partnership with Biwaase’aa, hosted a school Pow Wow on Friday, October 13 at 1:00 pm. The Pow Wow was held outside on the new Ogden playground.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to honour culture and share this experience with all students and their families,” says Andrea Pugliese, Principal of Ogden Community Public School. “We are very fortunate to work with our community partner Biwaase’aa on this special event and many other student focused initiatives.”

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.

Pow Wow Program

  1. Grand Entry song
  2. Knowledge Keeper opening prayer
  3. Flag Song
  4. Veterans song
  5. Inter-tribal song
  6. Regalia Showcase
  7. Inter-tribal songs for the students.
  8. Give-away prayer and song
  9. Travelling song and dance out the flags and eagle staff.

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.