Northern College Hosts Weekend of Aboriginal Culture and Entertainment

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TIMMINS, ON: Northern College’s 11th annual traditional powwow will be held at the Porcupine Campus April 14 and 15, 2012. This year’s theme is Strengthening Our Nations. The powwow promises a weekend of traditional drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, workshops and educational displays.

This celebration brings together students, families, and members of our community. It showcases remarkable performances, while highlighting customary aspects of Aboriginal tradition, such as drumming, dancing, singing, and friendship.
“This year’s theme is really about strengthening all of our Nations in our area with each other; to live in harmony and balance. It represents the people of Northern Ontario, strengthening our ties to one another-whether it be oneself, family, community, industry or where we work. Overall, it is about everyone getting along,’” says Joseph Nakogee, Aboriginal Student Advisor, of Northern College. “It all starts with understanding one another instead of hearing only one side of an issue. The benefit concert and the powwow present the opportunity to share and understand.”

Host drum will be Poplar Singers of North Bay and co-host drum will be Highridge Singers of Moose Factory. Invited drum will be Chikeney Creek of Attawapiskat and White Stone Cree of Timmins. Amy Hunter and Ron Shisheesh will be the head dancers, joined by invited dancers Tasheena Sarazin and Eddy Robinson, as well as World Champion Hoop Dancer, Dallas Arcand.

Saturday will kick off with a Grand Entry at 12-noon and will feature Aboriginal arts and crafts, a toonie feast and educational displays, with a second Grand Entry at 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s festivities will conclude with giveaways and closing ceremonies, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
The event is family-friendly, free and open and accessible to the public.

On Friday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m., Northern College (Porcupine Campus) will also host the Attawapiskat Benefit Concert, featuring two-time Juno Award winner, Derek Miller, with special guest performances from two-time Juno Award nominee Charlie Angus, Shabastik, Tasheena Sarazin, Gordon Hookimaw, Dallas Arcand, Swamp Rockers, Adrian Sutherland, Michael Archibald and two-time Juno Award winner Lawrence Martin. Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door, and $15.00 for students. All proceeds will go to the community of Attawapiskat First Nation.

For more information, please contact Joseph Nakogee by calling (705) 235-3211 ext. 2233 or by emailing nakogeej@northern.on.ca. To purchase tickets in advance please call (705) 221-2912 or (705) 465-5416.
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Media Contact:
Joseph Nakogee
Aboriginal Student Advisor
Northern College, Porcupine Campus
(705) 235-3211 ext. 2233
nakogeej@northern.on.ca