Lifting Women’s Hearts Pow Wow, October 19

Funded by Women and Gender Equity Canada and the City of Ottawa.

The Indigenous EarlyON Circle agencies, under the leadership of Minwaashin Lodge hosted a Pow Wow, Lifting Women’s Hearts held on Saturday October 19 2019, at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre. It was the 25th Anniversary Celebration honouring the MMIWG2S. Minwaashin Lodge, Wabano, Tewegan, Odawa, Tungasuvvingat Inuit, Makonsag and Inuuqatigiit were among the agencies’ presenting programs and service information at their tables and provided some activities for families. It was a beautiful Fall day.

First Nation traditional dance and drumming, traditional crafts and foods were provided throughout the day. Inuuqatigiit contributed to the Walk to Remember Pathway and ran a land-based kamutiq activity explaining inukshuk (singular) / inuksuit (plural).

Inuksuit have become an image that people around the world recognize as symbolic to Inuit. The typical image that many people believe to look like a human is in fact an image that would be used infrequently. It has the meaning of danger or something bad having happened in that location.