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The fifth annual “Spirit of the Peace Pow-Wow” will take place at the District Ice Centre in Taylor June 18-20.

This year’s theme is “Nurturing the Spirit of our Youth”, says Susan Auger, media liaison for the pow-wow, which will include a new ceremony to honour its 2010 high school graduates.

Auger says the pow-wow was originally started in 2006 by the Aboriginal Education Centre in Fort St. John for a local dance group because many of the children are in foster care and are disconnected from their culture. So, the idea was to initiate them into the pow-wow tradition. This year, a group from Dawson Creek will be initiated into the circle.

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The 2010 event will begin with the ceremonial grand entry (one on Friday, two on Saturday, and one on Sunday) and since Sunday will be Father’s Day, there will be a round dance in celebration.

Other attractions will include arts and craft booths, various vendors, and a raffle for a 50’’ LCD flatscreen TV.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome, and a shuttle will be provided from the Co-op Mall.

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