32nd Annual LUNSA Powwow
The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) will be hosting their 32 nd Annual Powwow at the C.J. Sanders Field house, March 13-15, 2020. All students, staff, faculty and the greater off-campus community are invited to attend this free event. This community event will gather people together in celebration of Aboriginal culture and dance. Warm-ups will be held on Friday, March 13 th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Grand Entry is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14th with a Traditional Feast being served at 5:00 p.m. and the powwow will wrap up at 8:00 p.m. for the day. Grand Entry is set for 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 th with the powwow ending at 5:00 p.m. LUNSA is a volunteer LUSU club. Its goals are to promote the spirit of unity among Aboriginal students at Lakehead University through social, cultural, and recreational events in addition to promoting cultural awareness between club members and the greater Lakehead University student population. The annual powwow is LUNSA’s signature event that showcases tremendous talent and entertainment, while reinforcing traditional aspects of Aboriginal culture such as drumming, dancing, singing, and giving thanks. Attendees can purchase traditional Aboriginal merchandise from on-site vendors.
The annual LUNSA Powwow has always been supported, in large part, by the Lakehead University Student Union, ancillary fees collection; specifically, the Aboriginal Programming Fee. This fee supports the Aboriginal Programming Committee which organizes and promotes culturally specific Aboriginal events and campaigns, including the annual LUNSA Powwow. This year however, the collection of ancillary fees has changed. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has launched a new ancillary fee classification framework. In this new initiative, students will have a choice regarding some of the campus services, supports, and organizations they wish to support. While some ancillary fees will continue to be mandatory (or essential) under the new MTCU directive, other fees have been classified as non-essential such as the Aboriginal Programming Fee. Without financial support, the annual powwow cannot continue to be enjoyed by thousands and sustainability of this regional event has become a challenge given current government policy. Funds will be used to cover expenses associated with the provision of food for the feast, various Conference Services fees, honourariums for the emcee, arena director, spiritual advisor, head dancers, drum groups and all registered dancers.