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BACKGROUND

In Honour of “The One Dish with One Spoon Treaty," and Truth and Reconciliation; we are inviting you to join us in supporting the first annual Traditional Powwow in Muskoka!

 

Through this Powwow, we will be showcasing what Muskoka has to offer and bring all of us together, in the spirit of reconciliation, to celebrate the Summer Solstice, Indigenous Awareness Month, Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day in peace and harmony.

 

“See Muskoka Through Our eyes.” Annual Powwow is an opportunity to showcase this unique, magical, region, the important connections that everyone has and the pathway towards Reconciliation. This Powwow will build on the work and relationships we are fostering though the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table. This event will focus on compassion, love, honour, respect, thanks and gratitude of the past and present. Without this truth there can never be true reconciliation. By fostering a positive journey towards Truth and Reconciliation we can make a difference together. This event allows for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to interact and learn about each other in a positive way.

 

Location: To connect with our Indigenous ancestors, this event will be held alongside the Muskoka River, a traditional trading route, in Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge.

 

On-site activities/programming:

  • Traditional powwow: traditional dancing, singing, and drumming preformed by The Whitetail Cree Singers are from Moose Factory, Wiki, Wolf Lake, Maniwaki and Chippewa Travellers are an Aniishinaabeg family drum group originally from Chippewas of Nawash, Cape Croker rez (Neyaashingaming)

  • Indigenous authentic craft vendors

  • Traditional Indigenous food vendors

  • Cultural Teachings will include traditional ways of knowing and being

  • Other booths will highlight area supports and other cultural groups in our community

  • Traditional Fire Keepers keeping the fire for the full event

  • Grand Entry Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th at 12:30 followed by intertribal dances

  • Audience participation - lots of opportunities for participation throughout the weekend

  • And more...

 

This Area is, and always has been a mystical, magical and powerful place.

 

What better way to unify and reaffirm all of our relationships with Nature and each other.

 

We hope you will join us in this learning and celebration.

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