Student success and engagement were proudly on display during the third annual LRSD Graduation Powwow.
On May 23, 2018, one hundred students from across LRSD were honoured at the graduation ceremony hosted on Murray Field at Dakota Collegiate.
This was the first year an LRSD Graduation Powwow has been hosted outdoors and the open space allowed for the largest audience of family and community members at a Graduation Powwow yet!
Coco Ray Stevenson, prominent Indigenous performer and musician, hosted the evening while 7 drum groups provided music.
The Powwow was also a special event for a number of young students in the Division. Over 80 students from Powwow clubs in LRSD participated and were introduced into the powwow circle for the first time. It was a monumental experience for the students who have spent the school year practicing. Each young dancer wore traditional regalia hand-made by parents and volunteers.
All of the dancers were honoured and inspired to be joined by Wab Kinew, who joined in dancing within the Powwow circle throughout the entire evening.
We were also honoured to be joined by Loretta Ross, Treaty Commissioner of Manitoba, along with the Honourable Rochelle Squires, MLA, Colleen Mayer, MLA, Dougald Lamont, Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party and Councillor Brian Mayes.
Students from the Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre Culinary Arts program cooked a variety of stews and bannock while students from the Baking and Pastry program prepared rhubarb crumble for all of the attendees to enjoy. ATC Broadcast Media students also provided a live stream of the Powwow which can be viewed here.
Miigwetch to all of the staff, students, attendees and volunteers for being a part of the evening. Your enthusiasm and dedication help us bring this amazing celebration to life every year!