Powwow & settling into the summer semester at RMC
Powwow at RMC
OCdt Chad Matthews, ALOY
The Royal Military College played host to a powwow this Friday the 26th. The master of ceremonies Greg Dreaver began the powwow with the Grand Entry. The Grand Entry signals the beginning of the powwow and is lead by the Eagle Staff carriers. After the Eagle Staff came the head dancers, Bernard Nelson, Tammy Nelson, Christina Bendavis, Theland Kicknosaway, and Shemia Nelson. Following the head dancers were the flag bearers, attending military personal from the ALOY program and from CFB Kingston, and the remaining dancers. After the entrance an invocation was given by elders Mary Ann Spencer and Ross Saunders. The Grand Entry was concluded with the Flag Song and the Veteran’s Song during which the flag were placed by the Master of Ceremony’s table at the centre of the ring. The Grand Entry was followed by many other dances, including several intertribal’s where members of the audience where invited to join in the dance.
Friday’s powow was attended by many from the Kingston aboriginal community and many students from the local schools. This event was a chance for many in the Kingston community to experience First Nation culture and see the Canadian Force’s commitment to diversity. It has been the second powwow hosted at RMC as a collaboration between the City of Kingston, local school boards, and the CAF. With two years of success as an educational tool for the community hopefully the powwow will see an expansion of scope as even more traditional aspects are included in the future.
Settling into the summer semester at RMC
OCdt Eliza Bruce, 27472 (III), E-veritas correspondent
Once the yearly batch of graduates marches through the Arch and the vast student body of RMC disperses across the country to attend various stages of phase/trade/elemental training or OJT/OJE. However, as recovery from the old school year and preparation for the new one set in, and the college transitions into a facility for the Sea Cadet summer programs, the inner buzz of remaining cadets springs to life. The college is far from empty as Officer Cadets fill up the Stone Frigate, part of Lasalle, and Brant dormitories for the summer semester, which consists of those partaking in training here in Kingston.
There is a wide range of involvements that keeps cadets here for the summer: academic OJEs, which can include taking summer courses or assisting a professor in research; the intensive Second Language Training, which serves to amplify the cadets’ French proficiency to hopefully attain one or more B’s by the end of the summer; those still part of the first year math camp, which is a refresher course in calculus; those working up on base or in the offices of RMC in administrative OJTs; and the Nijmegen team, which is training to go on a physically exerting march in the Netherlands as part of a Canadian contingent. Classes are continually full in Currie Hall, offices are humming with activity, the roads are beaten down with marching, and fields are filled with IMs and PT sessions, and Navy Bay slowly fills up with an increasing number of boating activities. For most who stay in Kingston, it is a great opportunity to have a familiar environment in a city full of summer opportunities for fun and to be part of the community. For many senior and soon-to-be senior cadets in the summer semester, it is a chance to exercise a leadership position over the summer as CSLs, CFLs, comsecs, and CDLs. It is already shaping up to be an exceptional summer, free of drought unlike last year, and instead brimming with promise.