From the article by Allan Benner published by St. Catharines Standard on October 1, 2017:
“People can see our ways and how all of our nations celebrate, and then we can work together to include that more in the work that the city does.”
The downtown park was also a fitting location for an organization Baird described as “an urban Indigenous centre.”
“That’s what we are. And this is about as urban as you can get in the setting we want,” Baird said.
The change to this year’s event is only the start of strengthened relations between Native American groups and municipalities, said St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik.
Following the Grand Entry — a colourful dance and ceremony held to start the powwow — Sendzik discussed the growing partnership between the Indigenous community and the city that flies the Haudenosaunee flag outside city hall, along with the Canadian, Ontario and St. Catharines flags.