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Celebrating the Aboriginal Spirit of the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games

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Celebrating the Aboriginal Spirit of the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

The ceremonies will include the participation of Aboriginal communities within the footprint of the Games, and will celebrate the cultures and contributions of Aboriginal peoples in Ontario.

Key Contact: info@toronto2015.orgWebsite: toronto2015.org

Social Media: @TO2015 (English), @TO2015_fr (French), @TO2015_es (Spanish)

Games Medals Collaboration with Métis artist Christi Belcourt

The design of the medals is the result of a collaboration between TO2015, the Royal Canadian Mint and visual artist and Métis Nation of Ontario citizen Christi Belcourt. The layered design is meant to tell the story of the "People's Games" and expresses the values of innovation and inclusion.

During the Games, the public will be able to view the medals at the Royal Canadian Mint exhibition space at CIBC Pan Am Park at 200 Princes' Boulevard (Exhibition Place).

Website: toronto2015.org/medals, christibelcourt.com         Social Media: @christibelcourt, @CanadianMint (English) @Monnaieroyale(French)


Panamania is the 35-day arts and cultural festival to enrich the Games experience. More than 250 unique performances and exhibitions, both free and ticketed, will take place across Toronto from July 10 to August 15. PANAMANIA will showcase the diverse cultures and artistic excellence of Ontario, Canada and the Americas through music, theatre, dance, and more including Aboriginal activations.

Aboriginal activations and commissions include:

Website:toronto2015.org/ignite         Social Media: @TO2015, #PANAMANIA



Host First Nation:

Aboriginal Partners:

The Aboriginal Leadership Partners (ALP)

Toronto 2015 established the Aboriginal Leadership Partners (ALP) to serve as the planning and organizing table for engagement of Aboriginal communities for the 2015 Games. The aim of the ALP was to generate ideas, leverage and create opportunities and enthusiasm within Aboriginal communities for the Games. The ALP first met in 2012 and has representation from 14 Aboriginal leaders, communities and organizations.



May 31 - Fort William First Nation

June 2 - Serpent River First Nation

June 16 - Aamjiwnaang First Nation

June 19 - Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation

July 3 - Tyendinaga First Nation, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte



Gii Daa Namegoon! You Are Welcome!

Host First Nation, the Mississaugas of the New Credit, and Chef David Wolfman, an internationally recognized expert in wild game and traditional Aboriginal cuisine, have partnered to present seven unique Aboriginal dishes to celebrate First Nation culture for the #YouAreWelcome food truck.

The #YouAreWelcome food truck will be stationed throughout the city in neighbourhoods like King Street West, Queens Quay, Queen Street East, Trinity Bellwoods Park and Christie Pits.

Additionally, the Host First Nation will be distributing 25,000 You Are Welcome gift cards throughout the Greater Toronto Area during the games. The gift cards are designed by First Nation artist Tracey Anthony. To view recipes, order a souvenir gift card and learn more about this initiative, visit: http://youarewelcome2015.com/


Aboriginal Pavilion, July 10-26 and August 7-9

The Aboriginal Pavilion is a family-friendly 19-day Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival presented by the Aboriginal Leadership Partners c/o Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. Many events will be free of charge. It runs from July 10 to 13 at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and from July 13 to 26 at Fort York Garrison Common during the Pan Am Games. From August 7 to 9, it migrates to Harbourfront Centre, concurrent to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Social Media: @ALP_Pavilion, @NativeCentre, @fortyork, @HarbourfrontTO, #AboriginalPavilion

Ontario's Celebration Zone, July 10-August 16

Ontario's Celebration Zone at Harbourfront Centre will feature 38 days of the best of Ontario with over 500 free events and activities. Highlights include: 38 nightly concerts, theatre and dance productions, celebrity chef demos and a weekly farmers' market, Latino-Hispanic and Caribbean events, performances featuring artists with disabilities, First Nations and Francophone showcases, water-based sport demonstrations, including fly-boarding, an accessible 400-foot zip line and 100+ family friendly activities and shows.

The Celebration Zone will feature Aboriginal programming in collaboration with partners such as:

  • Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation: Little Eagle Feather Drum Group, featuring youth from the community who are learning traditional drumming.
  • Métis Nation of Ontario: Performance by the Métis Fiddler Quartet, four young siblings bringing together the new generation and traditional music.
  • Six Nations: Tom Longboat sculpture commission, Six Nations chef cooking demonstration and a performance by musical group The Ollivanders.
  • Huron-Wendat Nation: Interactive program from Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, hands-on activities such as birch bark basket making and First Nation storytelling.

Website: ontariotravel.net/en/info/panam      Social Media: @EpicIsON, #EpicIsON

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Mural

Six Aboriginal youth representatives created a mural commissioned in part by the Aboriginal Participation Program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The installation is representative of the ripple effect of a stone cast in water. It is located at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough at 875 Morningside Avenue (Morningside Avenue and Ellesmere Road).

Website: tpasc.ca     Social Media: @tpascentre, @ANCFSAO

First Story App

The First Story mobile application created by First Story Toronto (formerly the Toronto Native Community History Project) allows users to map and visit historical points of interest in Toronto and within the footprint of the Games. It also offers the ability for users to view archival materials such as photographs, documents, audio and video clips. The app is available on Google Play as "First Story Comap" and in the Apple Store as "First Story Toronto."

Social Media: @FirstStory_TO

A Tribe Called Red Featured in the ParaPan Am Games "Are You Ready" Video

A Tribe Called Red is a Canadian electronic music group that has garnered international success.

Their high-energy music has been used as part of the Toronto 2015 marketing and promotions campaign. "Electric Pow Wow Drum," off the trio's 2012 self-titled debut album, is used to pump up fans in an exciting new video for the Parapan Am Games. Are You Ready? shows the training regimen of athletes David Eng, Danielle Kisser and Jaye Milley in a heart-pumping visual [http://youtube.com/watch?v=8fz1ePUo00g].

Website: atribecalledred.com Social Media: @atribecalledred

Council Fire's Urban Aboriginal Drum Group

The program to welcome athletes will include Council Fire's urban Aboriginal drum group on July 5, 2015.

TO2015's IGNITE Program

The 2015 IGNITE program supports individuals, organizations, and communities to create their own Games-themed initiatives or increase awareness of existing projects through an association with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.


Aboriginal Trail Markers

Ontario is working to expand its world-class trails system as a key legacy initiative of the Games, completing 250 kilometres of gaps to create a continuous trail of over 2,000 kilometres.

The province is working with First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to incorporate Aboriginal markers along the trails to honour the history and culture of Aboriginal communities in Ontario. Installation of the trail markers is planned for summer 2015. Participating communities include:

  • Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
  • Six Nations of the Grand River
  • Huron-Wendat Nation
  • Métis Nation of Ontario
  • The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres will also be participating to ensure that the urban Aboriginal history of the region is reflected

Aboriginal Communities Youth Project

The Aboriginal Communities Youth Project program aim was to create new opportunities for Aboriginal youth in and outside of sport. Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario organized summer camps based on Pan Am/Parapan Am sports in Thunder Bay and Toronto that attracted 84 participants. In 2015, the number of camp is expected to double using sites in Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Toronto and Ottawa.

Website: http://www.aswco.ca/         Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/aswco

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