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Drum circles expand to new location in Queen's Centre

[Demonstration of hand drum circle]Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre staff members Ashley Maracle, Vanessa McCourt and Laura Maracle (left to right) demonstrate a hand drum circle. FDASC will host hand drum circles in the Queen's Centre every other week this fall.

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC) is hosting hand drum circles in the Queen’s Centre every other week this fall.

“Hand drum circles in a central location further the goal of expanding the Aboriginal presence at Queen’s,” says Laura Maracle, Aboriginal Advisor, FDASC. “Our intention is to create more awareness on campus. We hope the singing at the Common Ground Fireside Lounge will make it more comfortable for people to participate or listen, as it is a neutral location with more student activity.”

Drum circles bring together Aboriginal people to share traditional songs and stories. They were well-attended last year by students, alumni, staff, and Aboriginal and Queen’s community members.

The Alma Mater Society (AMS) waived the rental fee of the Fireside Lounge to facilitate the drum circles.

“The AMS is very happy to assist the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre in hosting their hand drum circle events this fall,” says Derrick Dodgson, AMS Student Centre Officer. “The Student Life Centre seeks to provide accessible meeting and event space for campus groups – free of charge whenever possible. Our mandate is to serve myriad student needs and interests, and we are very excited about working with FDASC.”

The drum circles will occur once a week from September 17 until November 26 and will alternate between the Fireside Lounge on the second floor of the Queen’s Centre across from the Common Ground and FDASC (146 Barrie Street). The attendance during the first term will determine if hand drum singing will continue into the second term.

FDASC is planning several activities this fall including the annual early move-in day for Indigenous students on Saturday, September 1 and a welcome back barbeque for new and returning Indigenous students on Wednesday, September 12. Visit the FDASC website for more information about other activities and events.

Watch a TVCogeco profile of the FDASC hand drum circle.

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