Yellow Wolf Powwow at Tsartlip Nation this long weekend

Sampson Family event is looking for volunteers to help make the 23rd powwow a success.

Drummers at a past Yellow Wolf Powwow on the Saanich Peninsula. The colourful event takes place over the BC Day long weekend at the Tsartlip First Nation near Central Saanich.

If you don’t know what a powwow is, now’s your chance to find out in a small, friendly and social atmosphere at the Tsartlip First Nation near Central Saanich.

The Yellow Wolf Powwow takes place over the BC Day long weekend, July 29 to 31 and is hosted each year by the Sampson family, in honour of matriarch Alice Sampson. This year’s powwow is the 23rd event of its kind, welcoming all people to take in the dancing, drumming, salmon barbecues, crafts and more.

Organizer Angel Sampson says she’s often asked by people about the event and what, exactly, a powwow is.

“It’s a very social event,” she explained. “People of all cultures are invited to come, dance, see the crafts, taste our food. Bring your family and friends to participate or watch.”

Sampson said she expects visitors from B.C. and the Island, Saskatchewan, Washington State and Idaho — her late mother’s home region. Alice Sampson was from the Nez Perce tribe in that state, and had moved to the Coast Salish Territory to be with her husband.

Angel said her mom has a tremendous work ethic and the powwow pays tribute to her — and to Angel’s own son Brian, who was named Yellow Wolf by his grandmother.

This year, Angel continued, the event welcomes a large family from Alberta. They will hold a triple wedding on the Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. — and everyone is invited.

The Yellow Wolf Powwow is an inter-tribal event, bringing together dancers and drummers in a social setting. Angel said they have kept the event small over the years to maintain that atmosphere.

The event opens Friday night at 7 p.m. with a Grand Entry, followed by dancing.

After a Grand Entry at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the activity continues. She said people can arrive early or stay late.

The powwow, she added, is looking for more volunteers to spread out the workload.

People interested in helping out in a variety of areas can call Angel at 250-665-7777 or email her at

Vendors or artists wanting to take part in the event can contact Virgil Sampson at

Just Posted

Lawyer for Saanich’s homeless camp questions offer by Saanich Police

John Heaney says breaking up camp puts people at risk because it seperates them from support

Plastic bags to be banned in Saanich by June 2020

Council approved the timeline that clears a path for Saanich to follow Victoria’s ban of single-use plastic bags

Rainbow crosswalk, safer places for LGBTQ people in Sidney

Correction: The crosswalk will be located near Beacon Park, and will not… Continue reading

Elderly man in hospital after struck by car in Oak Bay

The incident happened Monday evening on Cadboro Bay Road

Musicians take note at Victoria music industry conference

Rifflandia Gathering brings together emerging artists and industry professionals

21 new paramedics promised for B.C. Interior

A total of 18 new full-time paramedics will be hired for Kamloops and three are being hired for Chase.

Federal stats show slight increase in irregular migrant claims in August

113 extra people tried to cross the Canadian border last month

Work begins to remove cargo from grounded Haida Gwaii barge and fishing lodge

Westcoast Resorts’ Hippa Lodge broke from its moorings and ran aground early this month

Tilray to export cannabis formulation to U.S. for clinical trial

Marijuana remains illegal in most of the U.S.

Court of appeal grants injunction on Taseko’s exploratory drilling in B.C. Interior

The decision provides temporary protection and relief, said Chief Joe Alphonse

Volunteer crew ready to build ramps for B.C. amputee

Jean Moulton will soon have an easier time getting in and out of her home.

VIDEO: B.C. tour offers unique underground glimpse of generating station

About 1,250 people expected at sold-out tour on Sunday

Most Read