Toronto Metropolitan University First Pwaaganigaawin

The Toronto Metropolitan University formerly known as Ryerson University, is hosting its first Student Powwow (Pwaaganigaawin) since the new name change. The student lead Powwow will take place during Indigenous education week (Sep 19th-22nd).   

By Students for Students 

This year’s student lead Powwow and Indigenous education week is run by three TMU students; Mercedes Massingale the Pwaaganigaawin (Pow Wow) Coordinator and Anishnaabe Kendaadowin ngo-anamegiizhigak e-niigaanziikidang(Indigenous Education Lead). Emma Yerxa the E-niigaanziikudang e-odaawejig (Vendor) and E-niigaanziikidang ezhi-ndikenjigeng Outreach Lead, as well as Gabrielle McMann the E-niigaanziikidang ezhi-sowejimong (social media & Communications Lead) & E-niigaanziikidang ezhi-zhischigeng (Design Lead.)  


The student-led education week aims to provide confidence and a sense of place for all local Indigenous peoples in the Toronto area and incoming Indigenous students. Planning for this year’s Powwow is still underway. The student-led Powwow will have a dancer, singer, and food vendors from all around the city. The organizers have proudly shared that this year’s theme is “The 7th Fire” as it represents the revitalization and reconciliations that the university has put forth.   

“That theme represents where the university and the community are in their journey and their relationship”  

Emma Yerxa  

The Toronto Metropolitan University Powwow (Pwaaganigaawin) is open to all students and Toronto residents.  For updates and more information on Indigenous Education Week at TMU visit TMU Powwow   

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