About 800 people, including kids from all the ages, show up at Fanshawe College for the First Nations Year End Gathering.
The event was meant to celebrate student success while featuring vendors and different stands with information.
One of the highlights of the event were the dances. Kids and adults will join to dance and sing as part of their tradition and form of socialization.
Kevin Lamure is the manager of the First Nations Centre and says “is important to remember that the space, the physical space we are now occupying was one time first nation territory”
Ashley Riley was the head dancer for the celebration. She was wearing a regalia that she label as a ‘Jingle dress’. She says that dress is used on ceremonies and celebrations. “The jingle dancers are so concentrated sometimes because they are actually praying”
The celebration included the presentation of the student awards, free lunch, dance demonstrations and smoke dance competition.