Pow Wow Celebration of Culture

Salvation Army and Indigenous leaders gather at Pow Wow
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Pow Wow Celebration of Culture

From August 24-26, 2018, and in partnership with Indigenous Pathways, The Salvation Army is hosting its second Pow Wow at its Pine Lake Camp in Alberta.

“The three-day event gives Indigenous Salvation Army members and Christians from other churches the opportunity to express their faith through cultural traditions,” says Major Shari Russell, Indigenous Ministries Consultant for The Salvation Army. “The celebration is also a means of educating non-Indigenous delegates and leaders in Indigenous culture, values and worldview.”

An Anishinaabe/Saulteaux from the YellowQuill First Nation in Saskatchewan, Russell was part of the “Sixties Scoop”, a period in Indigenous history in Canada where thousands of young Indigenous children were literally scooped from birth families and placed in non-Indigenous environments. She has lived the history and experience of the Indigenous peoples.

“The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda has committed to a journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada,” says Russell. “One of the pieces of reconciliation is education for our clergy and members. The Pow Wow is a piece of that where we learn and build bridges into the community.

“Word is spreading in the Aboriginal community that The Salvation Army is a safe place where people can express who they are and their culture,” says Russell. “We want to see all people experience healing and wholeness so they can be all God has created them to be.”