29th Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow - Saturday, May 5, 2018

29th Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow

The 29th Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow will take place on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the 2018 University of Manitoba's Indigenous graduates.

A Pow Wow is a celebration; it is a cultural event that brings people and nations together; it is an opportunity to hear traditional drum songs and see all different types of dancing. If you are adventurous, you might even want to join in for the community dances! The day-long celebration includes an opening Pipe Ceremony, presentations to the graduates, and a community Feast in the afternoon. All activities are free and everyone is welcome!

Date Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Location University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre

11:00 a.m. - Pipe Ceremony
  1:00 p.m. - Grand Entry
  3:00 p.m. - Honouring the Graduates & Feast 
  4:00 p.m. - Pow Wow dancing resumes
  6:00 p.m. - Pow Wow Specials
  7:00 p.m. - Closing Prayer and payouts

*Craft Sale and canteen are open all day.
*Only the first 10 drum groups to register (minimum five singers) will receive an honorarium.

Pow Wow 101 / Frequently Asked Questions

Information for Canadian Indigenous Graduates (First Nation, Métis, Inuit)

All Indigenous graduates are encouraged to participate in the Pow Wow. To be eligible as a 2018 Indigenous graduate, you must be graduating or have already graduated in October 2017 or in February or May or October 2018. You can register until Friday, April 27, 2018 at noon. 

Graduates are encouraged to participate in the whole day, beginning with the Pipe Ceremony at 11:00am.

For  Grand Entry, please ensure that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to this and register your name at the appropriate desk.

The Migizii Award

Graduates are invited to nominate a U of M staff or faculty member (Indigenous or non-Indigenous) who went above and beyond and who has made a significant impact on you and/or other Indigenous students on campus. Deadline for nominations is April 27, 2018.  Nominations are now closed.

Traditional Graduation Pow Wow Convocation Scarf

Scarves are presented to Indigenous students at the Annaul Graduation Pow Wow. Students are encouraged to wear their scarves for the University of Manitoba Convocation ceremonies later in the spring. More information about the scarf.


Information for VIP's and Honoured Guests

We thank you for your participation in this celebration. For Grand Entry, please ensure that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start time and register your name at the appropriate desk.

Information for Other Graduates and Visitors

Thank you for coming to celebrate the success of the Canadian Indigenous graduates! You are invited to attend all parts of the day. (Please note that all visitors, community, and other UM graduates are asked to enter the IGAC gymnasium via the stairs/elevator to the third floor).

11:00 am Sacred Pipe Ceremony – All attendees are asked to arrive prior to 11:00 so that you can be seated and ready for the start of the ceremony. All women are asked to wear long skirts to honour the teachings of this ceremony. This ceremony may last up to an hour.

After the Pipe Ceremony, guests will be asked to return to their seats in the visitor’s area as preparations will begin for the dancers and singers.

For the rest of the day, you are encouraged to watch the beautiful and different types of Pow Wow dances, visit the craft tables on the third floor, and attend the community feast during the Honouring of the Graduates a 3 p.m. This year the feast will be served in Investors Group Athletic Centre.

Please note that there are various times throughout the day when visitors are encouraged to come down to the Pow Wow floor. These may include: shaking hands with the graduates after they have received their certificates, “Intertribal dances,” and “specials” like the Potato Dance. The emcee will explain and announce all of these opportunities.

If you have any questions throughout the day, please look for any volunteers wearing black t-shirts or any staff/security helpers.

Grand Entry

A Grand Entry is a procession of community flags, Indigenous veterans, VIP's from both the campus and wider community who have contributed in some way to the success of the graduates, and of course, the graduates themselves

For Grand Entry, you will be directed to your position by the Arena Director or by ISC staff. Tobacco will be presented to you in appreciation of your participation of the day's events. You will be acknowledged by the community for your support. After the Grand Entry, you may place the tobacco on a drum of your choice or you may place the tobacco in a bowl provided at the front of the stage.

Would you like to volunteer at the 2018 Pow Wow?