Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation annual Pow Wow August 18-19


Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018

Aboriginal Veteran Millennium Medal Ceremony will honour members of the Jocko family of Madawaska as part of this year’s celebrations.

GARRISON PETAWAWA - Each year, Pikwakanagan welcomes dancers, drum groups and thousands of spectators to celebrate Algonquin culture at its traditional Pow Wow. It will be held this year on August 18 and 19 and the theme is “Caring and Sharing”.

As part of the two-days of celebrations, there will be an Aboriginal Veteran Millennium Medal (AVMM) Ceremony on Saturday at noon following the Grand Entry. 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe will take part in a medal presentation that will posthumously award the AVMM to seven members of the Jocko family from Madawaska.

Brothers Peter, James, Henry, Leo, Patrick, William and their sister-in-law Irene Aird participated in the national war effort from 1939 to 1945. All but three eligible men from the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Band enlisted.

Indigenous Peoples in Canada have fought on the front line of every major battle Canada has been involved in. It is estimated that 7,000 First Nations People served in the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War, most of them voluntarily. In total, more than 500 died and many more were wounded or captured. On the home front, most Indigenous communities participated in the national war effort in diverse ways.

The AVVM was created in 2000 to commemorate those Aboriginals who risked their lives and sacrificed so much in the fight for freedom and democracy. The medal is awarded to Aboriginal veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, the Merchant Navy and those who joined the US Forces either in peacetime or wartime, who served prior to the year 2000 and to Aboriginal members who were serving in the year 2000.

This medal was first issued at the unveiling of the Aboriginal War Monument on June 21, 2001.

Visitors to the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Pow Wow will also enjoy dance, songs, drumming and experience an Algonquin cultural tradition. They can view and purchase unique items from vendors including jewelry, crafts, art, clothing, beadwork, regalia, drums, moccasins and a variety of Indigenous foods.

The Grand Entry is at noon on both days, and the Pow Wow Closing is at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Days prior to the celebrations, a Sacred Fire is lit and tended by volunteers for four days straight. An Evening Social is held on Friday and festivities include the initiation of new dancers and new regalia.

There are rules that govern a Pow Wow; all dancing revolves clockwise from the entrance, situated in the east, around the central arbour. Songs are sung for fallen Veterans and for those returning from battle, and the flags and staffs carried during the Grand Entry are retired each day at sunset.

The Band Council and Chief Whiteduck have extended an invitation to all the Garrison Petawawa community to attend and participate in this grand cultural celebration of the great Algonquin nation of Pikwakanagan.

No alcohol, drugs or pets are permitted on the grounds.

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