By: Chelsea Perry
On Friday, the Mawiâ€™omi Student Centre hosted their 11th annual Mawiâ€™omi on Campus in McMillan Hall.
A â€œMawiâ€™omi,â€ derived from the Mi’kmaq word for â€œGatheringâ€, is a time for the Miâ€™kmaq community to showcase and celebrate the beauty, strength, spirit, and endurance of their culture.
Sherri Russell, coordinator of the Mawiâ€™omi Centre, explained that the event took several months to plan, adding that increasing crowd numbers has required more planning on behalf of the committee.
The ceremony consisted of a Grand Entry, followed by hours of song, dance, and storytelling.
â€œIt is a celebration of the heartbeat of our nationsâ€, said Junior Peter-Paul, a Miâ€™kmaq elder.
Junior Peter-Paul added that he would like to see a mid-winter pow wow hosted in the near future, open to the public.
Recorded by: Chelsea Perry & Allison O’Brien. Edited by: Tony Davis.