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The Annual Memorial

Squamish Nation Youth Powwow

In loving memory of Tenalh-t (Gloria "Honeygirl" Nahanee)


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The Squamish Nation Youth Powwow is an ALL AGES friendly dance competition powwow, focused on uplifting our youth and providing opportunities for education, employment and healing through culture.


Open to visitors and spectators of all ethnicities, we welcome you to a weekend of Traditional food, 100+ vendors selling a wide variety of goods, and entertainment for those 0-100 years young!

Powwow Etiquette

***Amounts raised to date


Draw date November 30th 2024


TS 50/50

Draw date November 30 2024



Honour and respect are the guidelines for powwow etiquette. The following guidelines are typical at all powwows and should ensure you do not inadvertently offend someone.


  1. Alcohol and drugs are not allowed.

  2. During the Grand Entry, Flag Songs and Invocation the audience is asked to respect the flags, veterans, dancers and speakers by standing. Men are asked to remove their hats; they may keep their hats on if they have an eagle feather attached to it.

  3. Photography is not always allowed during Grand Entry. You must listen to the M.C. who will tell you if and when it is allowed.

  4. Special ceremonies are shown respect by the spectators and dancers standing. The M.C. will give directions regarding standing and photography.

  5. The front seats or the edge of the dance circle are reserved for dancers and their families. Most powwows have designated shaded areas for elders to sit.

  6. Parents are asked to respect the dance area and not allow children to run across it or onto it while there is a dance competition in progress.

  7. Photographers are asked to stay off the actual dance area. Sometimes photographers will be seen inside the arbour, but these are usually official photographers.

  8. Outside the dance arbour, please ask the dancers’ permission to take their picture, whether it is video or a regular camera. Usually, they will be pleased to let you do so. 

  9. Children are irresistible; however, please ask their parents if you can take their photo. Ask yourself if you would like a total stranger taking your or your child’s photo without your permission.

  10. DO NOT TOUCH ANY REGALIA, including those wonderful bustles hanging on a post or chair. Common courtesy dictates that you ask permission. Remember the importance of the regalia. Some of it has been handed down through generations. Usually, the dancer will be pleased to tell you about the regalia. This makes your photograph much more interesting because you will have some understanding of what it means.

  11. Please do not touch the drums or any of the staffs you may see in the arbour or elsewhere. When all else fails and you are not sure what to do—ASK.


Powwow etiquette is fairly straightforward. Follow the guidelines and you will enjoy the event so much more because you will get to meet and talk to the dancers, drummers, officials and other spectators. You will also earn their respect. Meeting people is a major part of Powwow.


***This APPENDIX is borrowed from the 2003 book “Spirit of Powwow” by Kay Johnston and (Tenalh-t) Gloria Nahanee “Honeygirl”

The final line reads: 


“Gloria and I look forward to meeting you there someday.”


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Our 2024 Committee

Simon Baker

Head Chair and Operations

Ha7lh Skwayel (Good Day) Tansi my name is Simon Baker. I’m a

proud member of the Squamish Nation, I’m also Cree and Haida. I

have been in the film and tv industry for 30 plus years as an actor

and producer. I grew up in and around the powwow community

my whole life. As a child the Squamish Nation Youth Powwow was

a huge highlight to me. I always looked forward to dancing in front

of my community I was displaced from. I grew up off reserve most

of my life with one foot in and one foot out of my community. I

recently inherited my family home where I currently reside in the

traditional village called Xwmelch’stn, and the territory that the

annual Powwow is currently hosted. I watched my Aunty the late

Gloria Nahanee (Tenalh-t) and the past committee put together

this beautiful, well-organized powwow each year with great

admiration. Not ever knowing that one day I would be the one

to run this powwow. After assuming the Head Chair position on

this powwow committee for one year, I have come to realize how

important it is to share culture and rejuvenate this way of life for

our next generations. We hope to build long lasting relationships

with our sponsors to continue the growth and development of all

our endeavours. We raise our hands and say Huy Chewxa (Thank

you) for taking time to look at our sponsorship package and

hopefully support our event.

We look forward to hearing from you. In all three of my traditional

languages Huy Chexwa (Squamish), Howaa (Haida), Hiy Hiy

(Cree) (Thank you)


Carmen Moore

Co-Chair and Operations, Head Treasurer

Hadïh, I’m Carmen Moore. I’m of Wet’suwet’en and Scottish

ancestry currently residing on Xwmelch’stn known as Capilano

5. I have worked in the Vancouver film industry as an actor and

producer for more than 30 years. Living my life far away from my

Indigenous family, feeling as though I’ve never fit in and having no

connection to culture or tradition, I am honored to now be a part

of this community with my partner and I am committed to giving

to it in any way I can. When we were given permission in 2023

to take on the responsibilities of running this Powwow it felt like

we were in the right place at the right time, and many ideas and

visions have been sparked because of it. I’m excited to see them

all come to fruition, and to do my part in presenting one of the

biggest Powwows in BC, celebrating our youth and uplifting them

to achieve their highest potentials.

Misiyh awitsawh (Thank you very much)

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Shannon Henderson

Co-Chair, Sponsorship Coordinator, Media Relations

As a proud member of the Squamish Nation, it is an utmost honor for me to hold two important positions. Firstly, as the President of the Orange Shirt Society, and secondly, as the co-chair of our highly esteemed community’s annual powwow.

This lively commemoration provides our youth with the opportunity to showcase their heritage through dynamic activities involving dance-offs, drumming sessions, and singing rounds. It is a testament to the remarkable memory of my late aunt, Gloria Nahanee. In addition, I am proud to contribute to advocating for our people through my grandfather, Edward Gilbert Nahanee, who was a member of the Native Brotherhood and sought justice for our Indigenous peoples. I am humbled to carry his legacy forward through culture.

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There may be no better way to communicate what we do than through images. As you browse our site, take a few moments to let your eyes linger here, and witness the pride we feel from our past Powwows