The Pow wow A Primer on the First Nation Pow wow

 This is the first in a series of articles on the First Nation pow wow - short history, the dances, the drums, the songs, and the all important protocol.

What is a pow wow? A pow wow is a celebration of dance, drums and songs - they are a tradition, a festival, a competition, a reunion, an arts and crafts venue, a food fair - one word cannot encompass the many facets of a pow wow; they are a feast for all five senses.

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Open Letter to Minister Valcourt from Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière, North Tower
10 Wellington Street, Room 2100
Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0H4
Via facsimile: (819) 953-4941

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First Nation Chiefs Traditional or Elected Roles and Responsibilities

The role and responsibilities of First Nation Chiefs, traditional or elected, are not easily defined, and are not synonymous across Canada due to the range of traditions in First Nations culture. But, without a doubt, the common struggles against the pressures of on-going low socio-economic conditions, housing, health and education are challenges most First Nation Chiefs share.

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Engaging First Nation Students Through Compassion and Innovation

Michelle Shepherd-Wotton: Engaging First Nation Students through Compassion and Innovation

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Commemorative Medal Honours First Nation and Métis Contributions to War of 1812

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, May 22, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, is proud to unveil the commemorative War of 1812 medal for the 44 First Nation and Metis communities with a heritage linked to the War of 1812.

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Ancient Northwest Coast First Nations Club Returns to BC

Ancient Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation Club on Display at the Museum of Anthropology

Reprinted with permission from Museum of Anthropology

Misattributed in some historical documents as a “curious war instrument” from the “Sandwich Isles” (Hawaii), the club was carved by an Aboriginal Northwest Coast artist as early as the mid-1700s, placing it within the last generation of traditional objects created before European contact.

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