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Jul 20, 2023
On July 15 and 16, Mississauga First Nation held its 42nd annual Traditional Powwow with the theme ‘Lift Each Other Up.’
Grand Entry on Saturday was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. but because of rain it was delayed an hour; Sunday’s Grand Entry was scheduled for noon. Following the afternoon powwow on Saturday, a community feast was held prior to the early evening Grand Entry.
This year, Robert Stoneypoint from Sagamok Anishnawabek First Nation took on the arena director’s role. Stoneypoint is well known up and down the North Shore and beyond as an experienced arena director recognized for keeping everything organized in the powwow circle and making certain that things go smoothly for the dancers.
Stephanie Pangowish and Darren McGregor were the masters of ceremonies this year. The Host Drum was Ottawa River with Under the Pines taking on the position of Co Host. Migiziinhsag, a Mississauga First Nation, boys’ drum group were the invited drums along with Nimkii Aankwat. Head Dancers were Nathalie Wajashk Restoule and Tristan Ashiskeesh, Head Youth Dancers were Georgia Able and Memphis Shawanda with Morgan Jensen and JR Gionette performing as Head Jr. Dancers. Will Morin was the Head Veteran this year with Leona Stevens and Wesley Whetung were chosen as Head Elders.