Rotorua mayor to welcome First Nations people from Canada

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Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick is hosting a mayoral reception and official powhiri for a delegation of indigenous Musqueam people from Canada on Tuesday [5pm, 25 March] at Rotorua District Councils Civic Centre.

brittany-pointThe visiting delegation will be in New Zealand to accompany the Te Ara: Maori Pathways of Leadership photographic exhibition to its New Zealand premier at Rotorua Museum, following the exhibitions extensive world tour.

Te Ara was most recently hosted at the Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre and Gallery in Vancouver.

Musqueam people are from the Canadian province of British Columbia. They are the only First Nation whose reserve community lies within the boundaries of the City of Vancouver.

Their values and teachings today are based on traditional culture, a major part of which is the concept of kinship. Traditionally large extended families lived close together in multi-family homes.

Mayor Chadwick said Tuesdays ceremony would be the visiting delegations first powhiri in New Zealand and an acknowledgment of the distance the Musqueam group had travelled to bring the exhibition back home.

Im looking forward to welcoming these guests to our city, and for the opportunity to share and compare our indigenous cultures.

PHOTO:Brittany Point (right), at the Te Ara exhibit at the Musqueam Cultural Centre with her uncle Terry Point, will be part of a youth delegation heading to New Zealand. photo Dan Tougloet – See more at: http://www.vancourier.com/news/musqueam-youth-heading-down-under-1.799940#sthash.3FA6M5Dz.dpuf

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