Celebrating First Nations tradition

Chawathil Frist Nation hosted a traditional powwow at Hope Arena over the weekend

Members of the Chawathil First Nation make their grand entrance on Saturday to kickoff the traditional powwow at Hope Arena.

Members of the Chawathil First Nation make their grand entrance on Saturday to kickoff the traditional powwow at Hope Arena.

Chawathil First Nation had an opportunity to showcase its traditions over the weekend at a local powwow.

The two-day event at Hope Arena featured intertribal dancing, drumming, and arts and crafts.

“It was really successful. We had lots of support from the community,” said event coordinator Naomi John. “There was healing and teaching … and dancers and drummers felt appreciated.”

The powwow brought the community together to celebrate Chawathil culture with local band members and travelling dignitaries. Chief Rhoda Peters joined the Chawathil Sacred Connections group for a paddle song and welcome song prior to the grand entrance, which officially kicked off the event on Saturday. Moving forward, organizers hope to make the traditional powwow an annual event.