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National Aboriginal History Month 2016 Ontario Event Listing

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National Aboriginal History Month 2016 Ontario Event Listing

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Here is a sample of events happening across Ontario to mark National Aboriginal History Month:

Please check with your local community organizations to find out more about events in your community. If you are an organization and do not see your event listed, please contact us at public.maa@ontario.ca


Month of June
National Aboriginal Day Celebration
Toronto Public Library - various locations throughout the city.

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Every Wednesday in June)
Hand Drumming Circle
You are welcome to bring your own drum or borrow one at Native Women's.
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto, 191 Gerrard St. E, Toronto

June 14
City of Toronto National Aboriginal Day Arts and Crafts Fair
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
Hosted by The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee.

June 18
Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow
Sunrise Ceremony  6:00 a.m.
Fort York National Historic Site, Fort York - 250 Fort York Blvd.
This is a free event open to the public.

June 17 - 19
Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York
Energizing Fort York with powerful traditions and contemporary creations the 4th annual festival celebrates traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, visual arts, crafts, and food by Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island. Produced by Fort York in collaboration with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

June 21
Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising
5:30 a.m.
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. Toronto
Hosted by City of Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee

June 21
The CN Tower, Toronto
The CN Tower will be lit in the colours of the Medicine Wheel in celebration of National Aboriginal Day.

June 23
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Celebrates Aboriginal History Month
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto,
An annual event hosted by Native Canadian Centre of Toronto


June 18 - 19
55th Annual Aamjuwnaang Competition Pow Wow
Gates open 10:00 a.m.
Bear Park, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia

June 21
Niagara Falls Illumination
The Falls will be lit in the colours of the Medicine Wheel (yellow, red, blue and white) in celebration of National Aboriginal Day.


Starts May 28 and Month of June
Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month at the Ottawa Public Library
Various locations - Public Library's National Aboriginal History Month Workshops.

June 4 - 5
Aundeck Omni Kaning Annual Traditional Pow Wow
Grand Entry: Saturday 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Aundeck Omni Kaning Park & Campground near Little Current on Manitoulin Island
Hill St., Little Current

June 17 - 20
Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival and Competition Powwow
Vincent Massey Park, Ottawa

June 21
National Aboriginal Day Commemorative and Wreath Laying Ceremony
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Private individuals and families may lay commemorative wreaths from 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
National Canadian Aboriginal War Veterans Monument, Confederation Park - Elgin Street, Ottawa


June 11 - 12
Barrie Native Friendship Centre 27th Gathering Pow Wow
Gshkozowin - Awakening to our Culture   
Grand Entry: Saturday 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.
Springwater Provincial Park, 1331 Hwy 26, Minesing


June 2 - 3; 11 - 12; 13 and 21
Nipissing First Nation
Various events, for more information visit:

June 17 - 19
North Bay Indian Friendship Centre's Maamwi Kindaaswin Festival & Pow Wow Celebration "Honouring Our Veterans"
Discovery North Bay Museum, 100 Ferguson St., North Bay

June 18 - 19
Sheshegwaning Traditional Pow Wow
Located in community next to skating rink, Hwy #540, Sheshegwaning

June 19 - 20
Cape Smith/Murray Hill Traditional Pow Wow
Wikwemiking Thunderbird Park, 18A Kaboni Rd., Wikwemiking

June 21
Thunder Bay National Aboriginal Day
Fort William First Nation Pow Wow Grounds (Mount McKay), Thunder Bay

June 21
National Aboriginal Day Celebration Sainte-Marie among the Huron
Sainte Marie among the Hurons, 16164 Highway 12, Midland, ON
Featuring First Nations singing, drumming, and dancing, First Nations exhibits, displays, artisans, and more.


For a list of Indigenous events, visit Ontario Travel: 

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