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Cambridge takes a step towards Aboriginal inclusion, hosts first Powwow

Last Updated Aug 19, 2017 at 7:52 am EDT

Photo courtesy of Grassroots Powwow

Cambridge will host its first Powwow Saturday morning.

It’ll get underway at 10 a.m., in Forbes Park.

Christina Restoule helped plan the Powwow with a grassroots community group.

Restoule, who was a guest on the Mike Farwell Show, says the Powwow was made possible by someone asking, ‘Why hasn’t Cambridge had a Powwow before?’

“It has to happen on a community level,” says Restoule, “the community has to come together and ask those tough questions and be willing to roll up our sleeves and do the work.”

She says she thinks we’re moving in the right direction when it comes to the inclusion of our Indigenous community.

“Everything we do today will reflect and have an influence on the seven generations to come, and we have to always keep that in mind,” Restoule says. “We want to be proactive and instill a positive cultural experience, preserve the culture, and pass on those teachings.”

The Powwow received funding through the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation’s distribution of Canada 150 grants.

The event is free, and the grand opening ceremonies begin at noon, with the Powwow ending at 6 p.m.