As first reported by NewsNetLedger.com, "A few weeks ago, a group of youths in their four wheel drive vehicles were out on the First Nation mud-bogging on the sacred grounds. The damage done resulted in a banning of off roaders from the First Nation." Today, the grounds are healing and will be ready for the First Nation's annual pow wow later this month.
The First Nation has been busy preparing for the Pow Wow, having the grounds damaged for the second time in as many years has created concerns over how people respect the culture and property on the First Nation, reports NewsNetLedger.com.
But the pow wow will go on. Here are the details.
Fort William First Nation Annual Pow Wow, June 28-30, hosted by Thunder Mountain Pow-wow Committee–Fort William First Nation Youth Council
Host Drum: Two Feathers, Sandy Bay, Manitoba
MC: Clarence White
Arena Director: Tommy White
Spiritual Advisor: Louis Councillor, Northwest Bay
Friday: Warm-ups 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (All Drums are encouraged to participate in the warm-ups on Friday; Dancers can also come out and shake their feathers)
Drum registration will be open on Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: Grand Entry 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Dancer registration will be open 12:00 p.m. on both days)
Sunday: Grand Entry 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday camping spaces will be monitored/Security will be provided
Absolutely no Drugs and Alcohol use will be tolerated
Food/Craft Booths; All Dancers, Drums and people wanting to experience the pow wow are invited.
For more information, call John Charlie at 807-622-1245 or 807-622-9726.