Regina, SK – Thousands of people from all corners of Turtle Island converged at the Brandt Centre in Regina for the 37th Annual First Nations University of Canada Spring Powwow Celebration on April 11 & 12. With over 700 dancers competing in the various competitions, Powwow Committee Chairperson Richard Missens remarked this year’s celebration as being one of the University’s biggest powwow yet.
In addition, Missens said he and the committee are pleased not only with the overall turnout, but also the number of non-First Nations who are able to learn more about First Nations culture and traditions.
“This celebration isn’t just for First Nations people, we want to celebrate with Saskatchewan and the rest of the world. We’re so happy to see a lot of non-Aboriginal attending,” said Missens.
Cadmus Delorme celebrated his one-year anniversary of powwow dancing by holding a special for his fellow Prairie Chicken dancers. Delorme also expressed the emotion of dancing for those in attendance during a powwow.
“It’s such a strong feeling when you’re out there, everybody is supporting you and looking out for you so you never have to feel afraid to be out there on the dance floor,” said Delorme.
Story by Jarrett Crowe / Photos by Ryan Peterman for Leftboot Photography.