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Ontario Supporting Aboriginal Pavilion during 2015 Games

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Ontario Supporting Aboriginal Pavilion during 2015 Games

Aboriginal Programming will Enhance Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Ontario is supporting the creation of the Toronto Aboriginal Pavilion that will showcase Aboriginal arts, culture and sport during the TORONTO 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.

The Pavilion will feature an Indigenous Arts, Culture and Sports Festival and other activities staged at various locations at Games-time. Programming will include traditional houses representing indigenous peoples of Ontario, Canada and the Americas, art exhibitions, film screenings, cabaret and cooking shows, a concert series, workshops and demonstrations, and an Aboriginal marketplace.

The Pavilion will open at Fort York in Toronto on July 16, 2015.

Supporting a memorable and successful 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • The province is providing $500,000 to the project, which will be coordinated by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) on behalf of the Aboriginal Leadership Partners (ALP), a collaborative of Aboriginal organizations.
  • The ALP is a collective of 14 First Nation and Aboriginal organizations driving planning, engagement and communications between the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee and the Aboriginal community to deliver a successful Games.
  • The ALP represents the First Nations on whose traditional lands the Games will take place, as well as the Métis Nation of Ontario and provincial and urban Aboriginal organizations.
  • Ontario also is supporting Francophone culture as part of Games activity.

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Michael Coteau

“I’m proud of the investment our government is making to support the Toronto Aboriginal Pavilion at Fort York. The Pavilion will be a gathering place for the Aboriginal community, Ontarians and visitors to come together to celebrate the Games and learn more about traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture and achievements.”

Michael Coteau

Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

David Zimmer

“This is a fitting tribute to the Aboriginal Peoples on whose traditional lands the Games are taking place. Our government is proud to work with the Aboriginal Leadership Partners to deliver a successful Games that will showcase the unique and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Ontario.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone for the Aboriginal Leadership Partners and the result of many efforts. The Aboriginal Pavilion is an example of what can be achieved when we all work together, respectfully, and I want to acknowledge and thank our partners: the Organizing Committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and the Province of Ontario for their leadership and support. I'm sure the Pavilion will be a tremendous source of pride for all Canadians.”

Larry Frost

Executive Director, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and member of the Aboriginal Leadership Partners

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