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Greater Victoria residents are invited to mark the second-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a community powwow. Hosted by the Songhees Nation in partnership with area municipalities, the South Island Powwow is an opportunity to recognize Survivors and their families in the spirit of reconciliation. Through song and dance, the powwow will celebrate traditional Indigenous cultures and resiliency.

Katherine Legrange, executive director at the nation, said the first-of-its-kind event in the region is intended to be a mixture of celebration and ceremony. “We are super excited to invite the community to celebrate that day with us,” said Legrange. “It’s out of recognition of the children who never made it home from residential schools, and we felt it was really important to honour the survivors who are still with us in a day of ceremony. Powwow is ceremony, and it is celebration. It celebrates the resiliency of our culture which has survived many attempts to extinguish it throughout the years.”

Schedule of Events:

Doors open | 10:00 am
Opening ceremony | 11:00 am
Grand entry | 12:00 pm
Intertribal dances
Grand Entry | 6:00 pm
Intertribal dances
Retirement of colours | 12:00 am

Cost: Free to attend