POW WOW MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY

Dear Community,

We are pleased to be welcoming you once again to our Annual Traditional Pow Wow.

Admittedly, this year’s Pow Wow is going to look considerably different than the ones

of the recent past. We can assure you that we are taking every possible step to ensure

the continued health and safety of our community, with most of the events being

virtual, socially-distanced or self-guided.

We are working to provide you with as much information as we can, including maps,

activity descriptions and protocols that will be in place. We encourage you to keep an

eye on the Pow Wow event page on Facebook to stay abreast of the latest updates.

Please note that in order to minimize health risks, this year’s Pow Wow will only be

open to Members, their families, Curve Lake employees and permanent Curve Lake

residents. Check points will be in place to monitor entry.

Furthermore, as a result of the pandemic, we are making efforts this year to return to

tradition and to celebrate the culture in a more community-oriented fashion. For this

reason, we have compiled a number of interviews, photos and video footage into a

full-length video which will be released on the Saturday of Pow Wow weekend. We

encourage you to view this with your family and share your own memories to our

Facebook page and with those that are close to you.

For the events that are not virtual or self-guided – mainly the dancing, drumming,

vendors market, sunrise ceremony and sacred fire – protocols will be in place to ensure

social distancing. Where required, there will be spray painted circles and lines, clickers

will be used to keep track of numbers and keep the groups to less than 100. Masks will

be required wherever 2 meters of distance isn’t possible. Please note that dancing and

drumming events are DRIVE THROUGH or WALK THROUGH only. Members will not

be permitted to stop for any length of time. Although we know that this isn’t ideal, this

is the only way that we can ensure that everyone has a chance to join in the celebration

safely.

We are also pleased to announce that our dancers, drummers, vendors and volunteers

will all be Curve Lake Members, their families or employees of CLFN.

Please plan on joining us again this year as we return to our traditions, celebrate the

Pow Wows of the past and come together virtually to support each other.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate through these difficult times. For

any questions pertaining to the Pow Wow, please contact Katie Haddlesey, Economic

Development Coordinator at 705-657-8045 ext. 227 or KatieYH@curvelake.ca.

Miigwetch and stay safe!

 

Mile Lazarevski

Communications /Community Engagement Officer

Curve Lake First Nation Government Services Building

22 Winookeedaa Road, Curve Lake, ON K0L 1R0

P: 705.657.8045 ext. 209 F: 705.657.8708

W: www.curvelakefirstnation.ca

E: Communication@curvelake.ca