Over 600 students and their families filled the outdoor playground space at Westmount Elementary School on Thursday at noon as the school hosted their first inter-school powwow.

Schools that were in attendance included the hosts Westmount Elementary and Carseland School, as well as Wheatland Crossing School, Strathmore High School, Crowther Memorial Junior High School, Chief Old Sun Elementary School, and Chief Crowfoot School.

Spike Eagle Speaker gave introductions of each school, arena directors, drummers and singers, members of the grand entry, and explained the types of dances that would take place.

Westmount Elementary School Principal Cori Hampson spoke about the local powwow

“Our goal is to showcase the culture of our Blackfoot neighbors, and Siksika,” she said.

She revealed that the schools plan to host this type of an event on an annual basis.

“In the past we’ve had a lot of separate smaller powwows, this year we are working collaboratively. This year Westmount and Carseland are working together, next year two other schools will work together,” she said

Hampson said, “We've got amazing dancers in our schools and we want to focus on each of their abilities and bring them together at one time.”