Songhees Nation Invites the Greater Victoria Community to the South Island Powwow
September 15, 2023
The Songhees Nation is hosting the second annual South Island Powwow with support from the City of Victoria on September 30, 2023. The Powwow will take place on the homelands of the lək̓ʷəŋən people at Royal Athletic Park. September 30 is a federal statutory holiday to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day.
The South Island Powwow honours and recognizes survivors of Indian Residential and Day Schools and their families, the Sixties Scoop and the children who never made it home from these institutions. The Powwow also celebrates Indigenous cultures and resiliency and brings people together in celebration to build bridges amongst all Nations.
Local First Nations, along with Nations from the Mainland, have been welcomed to participate in the time-honoured Powwow. Last year’s inaugural South Island Powwow attracted 10,000 people during the grand entry, with more people expected to attend this year.
The second annual South Island Powwow will feature the traditional grand entry of Nations, with Indigenous song and dance with two host drums, Sage Hills and Blackfish, along with guest speakers, and over 80 vendors including multiple food trucks. Admission to the event is free and everyone is welcome. Gates will open at 10 a.m., with two grand entries; noon and 6 p.m. Colours will retire at midnight.
For more information, and to sign up for media accreditation for the second annual South Island Powwow visit: songheesnation.ca/south-island-powwow.Go to Top