Yesterday afternoon I attended the University of New Brunswick’s 3rd Annual Powwow. It was a powerful afternoon of dancing for my mother, my two children, my niece and me. We had the privilege of witnessing:
-Women’s Northern Traditional
-Men’s Grass Dance
-Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance
-Women’s Jingle Dance
Also, near the end, there was a special request from the family of Jade Sabattis. After the traditional dances, a dance was performed in honour of the beautiful young woman from the Oromocto First Nation who died on March 10th. The Sabattis family is calling on police to do a more thorough investigation into Jade’s death as the family (and others) believe the circumstances to be suspicious.
After the dance, the family stayed at the front and everyone present at the powwow were invited to share love and support with the family. It was incredibly moving, and I truly hope that the Sabattis family get the investigation and they, and Jade, deserve..
Please listen to this CBC event. This special edition of The Current is a public forum held at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. — the fifth in a series of MMIWG public forums. Anna Maria and panellists explore the work of the National Inquiry into MMIWG, leadership and reconciliation.
I want to sent a little thank you out to Aly Tomah of Eastern Wolf Creations for these beautiful earrings which my mother purchased for me as a gift from the Powwow. They are stunning – and I feel very proud to own them. Please check out Tomah’s work on FB.
Getting ready for the GAG’s first fundraiser pub night! Check out the bunting so far…
More details to come next week, but save the date of May 9th if you live any where near Fredericton! I’ve been sewing up a storm and we are going to start carving the stencils next week!