Our First Nations neighbours are busy this summer. Here are opportunities to meet and enjoy them. Do ask them questions about their culture, regalia, and their feelings about issues. Please ask permission for close-up pictures.
First Annual North American Indigenous Cultural Festival. This looks like one of our biggest First Nations gathering ever. “With over $90,000 in awards, a cultural pavilion, delicious food, Indigenous vendor market, entertainment and music”. Expecting around 400 competitors from both Canada and the U.S. May 21 and 22. Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, Daily Admission. General – $16.00; Elders (65+) – $5.00; 5 Yrs and Under – Free. General Weekend Pass – $25.00. http://ncct.on.ca/north-american-indigenous-cultural-festival/.
For other opportunities to learn about First Nations cultures in Toronto, visit the Native Canadian Centre, It provides lessons in cultural crafts, languages, and has a weekly Big Drum Social anyone can join on Thursday evenings. Free. http://ncct.on.ca/.
Visit Native Child and Family Services, during Doors Open on May 28 and 29. See its sweat lodge and long house meeting room. It’s at 30 College Street (just west of Yonge Street on the north side). http://www.nativechild.org/about-us/events.
Smoke Dance Competition! – May 14/16 @ 1pm. This is not in the GTA but it’s close enough. It’s also an opportunity to discover more about the Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk Street, in Brantford. This centre has been working with Harbourfront Centre to bring you PlanetIndigenous. See more at: http://bit.ly/1rsLTFD.
Sign up for future event updates at any or all of these places, and at twitter.com#torontomulticul and www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com. If we hear of other local First Nations events, we will add them below in “Leave a Reply.”
Images of Native artists from 2015 Pan Am Art Show at Fort York. Cover photo of Shianne Gould, Mi’kmaq, Cape Breton, N.S. with art by her mother, Loretta Gould. Facebook.com/lorettas.gould. firstname.lastname@example.org; 1-902-296-0069.