By Krystalline Kraus
Aanii my fellow Ontarians, Anish-nah? (Mino-giizhigad!)
Here is a list of the 2014 powwows and other important ceremonies coming up in June.
I'll try my best to present a full calendar and make any additions as they roll in. Each month will have its own separate entry as the pow wow trail gets busier –- and I'll try and give everyone more heads up time to sew that last little bit of regalia (regalia=labour of love).
If I've missed anything, I apologize. Please let me know by posting in the comment section or send me a Tweet at @krystalline_k .
June 17: Arts and Craft Fair
Nathan Phillips Square – Toronto City Hall
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Activities include drumming and Pow Wow dancing provided by Native Canadian Centre, Women's hand drum by Native Child and Family Serivces
June 20: National Aboriginal Day Barbecue and Celebration
David A. Balfour Park (Yonge/St. Clair Avenue E.)
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For more information, please see: www.dodemkanonhsa.ca
June 20: Indigenous Arts Festival
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mississauga Portraits book launch, Kaha:wi Dance sunset performance
And on the weekend of June 21/22, Saturday is National Aboriginal Day so there is lots to do around the province.
June 21: Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising
City Hall Podium roof -- 100 Queen St. W.
June 20 -22: Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival
Vincent Massey Park
For more information, please see here. http://www.ottawasummersolstice.ca/
June 20-21: National Aboriginal Day Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Fort William Historical Park (Amphitheatre)
June 20: Educational and Entertainment
June 21: Pow Wow Grand Entry at 10:30 a.m.
For full schedule: http://www.nationalaboriginaldaythunderbay.ca/
June 21: Na-Mes-Res Traditional Outdoor Pow Wow - Honouring our Elders
Wells Hill Park - East of Bathurst and St. Clair
Grand Entry: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact 416-651-6750 x. 2233
June 21: 1st Annual National Aboriginal Day
Alexandra Park: Second Street & First Avenue
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
First entry at 9:00 p.m.
Full List of events and more information here: http://calendar.powwows.com/events/1st-annual-national-aboriginal-day/
June 20-22: Huronia Ontario / Ste. Marie Among the Hurons
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons - 16164, Highway 12 East
All Three Days Day
Contact: Tel: (705) 526-7838
Website for full calendar: http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca/sm/en/SpecialEvents/NationalAboriginalDay/index.htm
June 21-22: 53rd Aamjiwnaang First Nation* - Contest Pow Wow
Location TBA: 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia, ON
More info to come
June 21: 4 km Walk/Run along the banks of The Humber River
60 Dixon Road start
For more info: https://sites.google.com/site/aboriginalrunningtoronto/home
June 21: Renfrew County National Aboriginal Day Celebration
5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities include ceremony, sweats, teachings; and crafts (i.e. canoe building, basket, drum, mask making, beading)
For more information, please see: http://www.niganahinabi.com/
June 21: National Aboriginal Day – Ottawa
Location/Venue: National Aboriginal Veterans Monument. Confederation Park, Elgin Street (Between Laurier and Slater)
11:00 a.m. start
For more information, please see www.canadianaboriginalveterans.ca
June 24: 7th Annual South East Scarborough Pow Wow
Toronto, Ontario (Scarborough)
Eastview School, 20 Waldock Street
Grand Entry: 1:00 pm
For more information, please call 416-550-1088
June 26: Native Canadian Centre Aboriginal Day in Toronto
(Yonge Street and Dundas Square)
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Crafts and presentations
Entertainment: Digging Roots, Métis Fiddler Quartet and Derek Miller
For more information, please see: http://www.ncct.on.ca/events.php
June 8: Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Arts and Music Festival
Golden Lake, Ontario
Makwa BallField: 59 Pakwanagemag Inamo Pikwakanagan, Golden Lake, Ontario
11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Host: Tribe Called Red
Contact: Amanda Two Axe
Phone: 613 625 2800 ext 253