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Forging bonds with Scugog Island First Nations

Port Perry Star

It’s been 250 years, but the Treaty of Niagara continues to signify a special bond between Canada’s First Nations and its European settlers.

The treaty is being honoured by the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation July 19 and 20 at its 18th annual powwow here at home.

Open to everyone, the event will feature a display and celebration of traditions and culture of Scugog Island First Nations.

Scugog residents and others from around Durham Region are encouraged to come out and sample a taste of the culture and learn more about their neighbours, their history and their current place in the hearts and minds of the community.

There is something to be said for a culture that has endured for centuries, often in difficult circumstances, and which continues to celebrate its past, present and future. Residents who turn out to learn and share in the fellowship of the powwow will be exposed to the colour and sombre ceremonies that are a hallmark of First Nations culture.

There are sunrise ceremonies on both days, an opportunity to welcome a new day and give thanks to Mother Nature. A grand entrance at noon on both days, sure to provide a colourful experience, is also planned.

But along with the exposure to a culture and lifestyle that has abided for centuries, the powwow gives every resident in the community an opportunity to make new acquaintances, forge new bonds, and strengthen the community by attending and participating in the weekend’s events.

There is much more to the Mississaugas of Scugog Island than the popular Blue Heron casino the band operates. It is a full and contributing member of the community, and helps fund important local causes through its charitable arm, the Baagwating Community Association.

The annual powwow helps provide the perfect backdrop and setting for a weekend of fellowship to raise awareness.

Clear some time on your schedule later this month to join in on the fun. Extend a hand in greeting and friendship, participate with open eyes and an open mind, and learn more about this vital neighbourhood in Scugog.

The event kicks off early on July 19. To learn more, call 905-985-3337, or visit www.scugogfirstnation.com online.

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