Your guide to National Aboriginal History Month 2015
June is Canada’s National Aboriginal History Month, with Sunday, June 21 marking the 19th annual National Aboriginal Day. On this day, and throughout the month of June, we celebrate the cultural heritage and traditions of Canada’s Aboriginal people, including those of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
Celebrations will be held to honour traditional Aboriginal values of respect, wisdom, love and humility, and are open to everyone to help increase awareness of Indigenous life and build deeper connections within the community. Activities will include arts festivals, storytelling, powwows, demonstrations, dances, workshops and more. See below what’s happening throughout the GTA and Ontario and how you can get involved!
Spoken Word Poetry with Taqralik Partidge
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Toronto Public Library, Beaches – 2161 Queen St. East, Toronto)
Free admission - Spoken word poetry and short film focused on Inuit people
Stories and Poems from Nunavik
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge St., Toronto)
Free admission - Poetry, stories and song
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Toronto Public Library, Runnymede – 2178 Bloor St. West, Toronto)
Free admission - Drew Hayden Taylor shares a laugh in his lecture on native humour
Indigenous Arts Festival
June 18, 12:30 PM – June 20, 11:00 PM (Fort York National Historic Site - 250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto)
Free admission - Traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, etc.
Ottawa Summer Solstice 2015
June 19, 7:00 PM – June 21, 6:00 PM (Vincent Massey Park – Ottawa)
Free admission - Aboriginal art, music, dance workshops, competition and more
Soaring Spirit Aboriginal Day Festival
June 19, 7:00 AM – June 21, 6:00 PM (Gage Park, 1000 Main St. East, Hamilton)
Free admission - Music, performers, powwow, fashion and food
Honouring Youth Powwow
June 19, 4:00 PM – June 21, 4:00 PM (673067 Hurontario St., Orangeville)
Admission: Adults - $5.00, Seniors & Children - $3.00, Camping – $10.00
Karaoke, concerts, performances, powwow, feast, etc.
54th Annual Aamjiwnaang First Nation Powwow
June 20, 10:00 AM – June 21, 4:00 PM (Bear Park - 1972 Virgil Avenue, Sarnia)
Admission: Adults - $8.00, Students (6-12) – $5.00, Seniors (55+) & Children (5-) – Free
Dancing, singing, food, crafts, music, etc.
Na-Me-Res 2015 Traditional Outdoor Powwow
12:00 PM – Grand Entry (250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto)
Free admission - Traditional dancing, drumming, feast, giveaways, kids area, crafts, etc.
National Aboriginal Day - Museum of Inuit Art
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (207 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto)
Admission: Adults - $5.00, Seniors & Students - $3.00, Children under 12 – Free
Aboriginal History Month Celebration
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto)
Free admission - Powwow performance and bootcamp, youth talent show, music, etc.
2015 Pan Am Powwow
12:00 PM Grand Entry & 7:00 PM Evening Grand Entry (Civic Centre - 101 Town Centre Blvd., Markham)
Free admission - Traditional dancing, drumming, powwow, vendors, etc.
Are you a current or prospective Aboriginal student?
Centennial College wants to ensure your education and cultural needs are met through its Aboriginal Education Services, which include helping you get ready for college, financial services, and one-on-one support from Aboriginal staff. Check out Centennial College's Aboriginal Education Services.
By Ashley Breedon