The University of Saskatchewan (U of S), proudly situated on Treaty 6 land and traditional Métis territory, has had the honour of hosting an annual powwow on the campus grounds for more than 20 years.

Since 2009, the powwow has been held in the spring to celebrate graduating Aboriginal students from the U of S and from high schools across the province. Last year over 3,000 people attended the powwow from across Canada and as far away as Oklahoma.

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Becoming an official sponsor of the U of S Graduation Powwow places you in a unique position to:

  • Showcase your organization’s commitment to celebrate
  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit success
  • Raise your organization’s profile and image amongst the
  • campus and Aboriginal communities
  • Participate in a culturally and provincially unique
  • educational event

Don't wait!

Sponsorship deadline is April 10, 2015 (to receive full benefits).

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact:

Aboriginal Students' Centre
University of Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 966-5790
Fax: (306) 966-5081

2015 schedule

9:45 am Drum Roll Call

10-11 am Grand Entry (Secondary School Graduates Honoring)

11-noon Youth Dance and Drum Competition

11 am-4 pm Expo

Noon-12:30 pm U of S Graduates Honouring

1-3 pm Adult Dance and Drum Competition

School groups

Online registration opens April 1

Students of all ages are welcome to attend the powwow! Please have one person from your school register all students who plan on attending the powwow, including any graduating Grade 12 Aboriginal students.

We would like to recognize and honour as many graduating Grade 12 Aboriginal students as possible at the powwow. The Grade 12 graduate honouring takes place 10 am. Grade 12 graduates who are registered can participate in the honouring and will be recognized in the 2014 Graduation Powwow Program.

Dancers

Online registration opens April 1

Rules

  1. All contests are gender specific
  2. All dancers may enter in one category only
  3. Absolutely no caps or hats will be allowed with regalia during Grand Entry
  4. Anyone caught wearing caps or hats will forfeit their points for Grand Entry
  5. If a dancer drops or loses any piece of his/her regalia during dance contention, the contestant may remain in the contest, however, if a dancer walks off during contest, he/she will not be asked to return during that session under the judges' discretion
  6. No whistles allowed during the contest sessions
  7. If any dancer blows a whistle, all Grand Entry and Contest points for that session will be eliminated

Any questions/conflicts that should arise regarding the dance contest that cannot be solved through the Head Judge will be directed to the Arena Director. All decisions made by the Arena Director are final. If a solution cannot be reached by the above parties, the Arena Director is required to contact the Powwow Committee Chairman. All decisions made by the Powwow Committee are final.

Drummers

Online registration opens April 1

Rules

  1. All groups must register at least five (5) singers to participate in the contest.
  2. The Head Singer / Lead Drummer must register all drum groups members.
  3. At least one (1) member of each drum group must provide a valid Social Insurance Number and current mailing address otherwise honorariums/prize money cannot be awarded.
  4. All registered singers must be at their respective drums for drum roll call. Roll call will be 15 minutes prior to each Grand Entry. Each drum participating in roll call will be awarded 25 points. Five (5) points will be deducted for each singer missing.
  5. Drums not competing in contest must make drum roll call to be paid for that session.
  6. Drum groups must use the same number of registered singers for each song that they are asked to sing. There will be absolutely no drum hopping and no substitute singers used for drum roll call, inter-tribals, or contests.
  7. A person can participate in both the dance and drum contests. However, if the dance contest and the drum group are called at the same time, and if the dancer chooses to dance rather than sing, the drum group will lose points. If a dancer is with a drum group during Grand Entry and that drum is called upon for a Grand Entry song, his number will be taken by the Head Dance Judge only.

Songs

  • Intertribals: 6 push ups (unless otherwise stated);
  • Contest Songs: 4 push ups;
  • Men’s Traditional / Grass and Women’s Traditional / Jingle: 4 push ups plus tail (if required in song).

The MC/announcer will notify each drum group in advance of what type of song they will be called upon to sing. The head judge will try to prevent song duplication by a drum group (i.e. crow hops, sneak ups, etc.).

The Head Singer or Lead Drummer for each drum group will be held totally responsible for the behavior of his drum group.

Appropriate song selection must be performed for each category (i.e. Traditional songs for Traditional dances, Grass songs for Grass dances, etc.). No whistles are permitted during dance contests. All tabulations are final!

Any questions / conflicts that should arise regarding the Drum Contest that cannot be solved through the Head Judge will be directed to the Arena Director. All decisions made by the Arena Director are final. If a solution cannot be reached by the above parties, the Arena Director is required to contact the Powwow Committee Chairman. All decisions made by the Powwow Committee are final.

Judging

The drum competition judging system will consist of a five point system (1 = poor; 5 = excellent) with six categories:

  • Judging system — Drummers
  • Dancers' Response
  • Singing / Harmony
  • Drum Rhythm
  • Cleanliness
  • Attendance for Number of Singers
  • Overall Performance