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2018 Aboriginal Festivals and Pow WoWs

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Gathering around the teepee
2017 Mattagami First Nation Pow Wow, August 19, 2017. Frank Giorno for The ONE.

By Frank Giorno

Pow Wows are held most of the year round in across Canada. ey are also held across e United States.  There is a Pow Wow near you at you can attend to celebrate Indigenous culture and spirituality

Here is the excellent list of Aboriginal Festivals and Pow Wows compiled by For details on these events please visit their website.


April 28 Port Perry, Ont., “Scugog Island Native Arts & Craft Show & Sale”

MAY                                                                                                  May 12,Toronto, Ont., “Native Canadian Centre of Toronto” 
May 19-20, Wallaceburg, Ont.,
“Walpole Island Spring Traditional Pow Wow”

May 19-20 Hiawaa, Ont.,“Protecting e Honour of our Ancestors Traditional Pow Wow”
May 26-27 – Ottawa/Nepean, Ont Odawa Grassroots Traditional Pow Wow

National Aboriiginal Day, Timmins, Ontario June 21, 2017
Father and child carrying on e tradition at the Timmins Aboriginal Day Festival on  the shores of the Mattagami River on June 21 2017. Frank Giorno for the ONE

JUNE                                                                                                           June 2-3, Midhurst, Ont., J
June 2-3, Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ont. Aundeck Omni Kaning Pow Wow 2018
June 9-10 – Smiths Falls, Ont Spirit of the Drum Pow Wow
June 9-11 – 0ttawa, Ont 20 Noongam Traditional Pow Wow
June 10-11 – Pickerel, Ont Henvey Inlet Traditional Pow Wow
June 10-11 – North Bay, Ont Maamwi Kindaaswin Festival & Pow Wow
June 16-18 – Upsala, Ont Lac Des Mille Lacs Competition Pow Wow
June 16-17 – Manitoulin Island, Ont Sheshegwaning Traditional Pow Wow
June 16-17 – Manitoulin Island, Ont Wikwemikong Traditional Pow Wow
June 17 -Orangeville, Ont Aboriginal Day Celebration
June 21- Timmins, Ontario, Aboriginal Day Celebration, Mattagami River Conservation Area
Jun 21-24,Toronto, National Aboriginal Day and Indigenous Arts Festival
June 21-24 – 0ttawa, Ont Vincent Massey Park – Summer Solstice Pow Wow
June 22-24 – Hamilton,Ont Gage Park National Aboriginal Days Soaring Spirit Festival
June 23-24 – Sarnia, Ont Aamjiwnaang First Nation Competition Pow Wow
June 23 – Toronto, Ont Na Me Rez Traditional Pow Wow
June 23-24 – Oshawa, Ont Metis Heritage Celebration
June 30 – July 1st – Dokis, Ont  Dokis Traditional Pow Wow
June 30 – July 2nd -Thunder Bay, Ont Fort William Traditional Pow Wow

Inuit Throat Singers at the 2017 Timmins Aboriginal Day Festivities
Inuit throat Singers performing at the 2017 Timmins Aboriginal Day celebrations, June 21, 2017. Frank Giorno for the ONE.

July 1st – London, Ont Harris Park, London Celebrates Canada Day Festival
July 1-2nd – Muncey, Ont Munsee Delaware Nation Traditional Pow Wow
July 1-2nd – Manitoulin Island, Ont Sheguiandah Traditional Pow Wow
July 7-9 – Massey, Ont Sagamok Anishnawbek Traditional Pow Wow
July 8-9 – Roseneath, Ont Alderville Traditional Pow Wow
July 8-9 – Heron Bay, Ont Ojibways of Pic River Traditional Pow Wow
July 14-15,2018  Bear Island Temagami First Nation Annual Traditional Pow Wow                                                                                                                     July 14-15 – Kettle & Stony Point, Ont Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point Competition Pow Wow
July 14-15 – Blind River, Ont Mississauga First Nation Traditional Pow Wow
July 15 – Toronto, Ont Downsview Park Masters Indigenous Games- Embody the Spirit Pow Wow
July 21-22nd – Port Perry, Ont Scugog Traditional Pow Wow
July 21-22nd – Nipigon, Ont Lake Helen Opwaaganisiniing Traditional Pow Wow
July 27-29,Ohsweken/Brantford, Ont Grand River,Champion of Champions Competition Pow Wow
July 21-23rd – Pays Plat, Ont Pawgwasheeng – Pays Plat Traditional Pow Wow
July 29-30 – Naughton, Ont Whitefish Lake – Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Traditional Pow Wow

Pow Wows provide a cultural feast celebrating First Nations dancing, music, art and culinary treats
Talented artist and her son at e 2017 Mattagami First Nation Pow Wow. Frank Giorno for The ONE.

August 4-6 – Manitoulin Island, Ont Thunderbird Park – Wikwemikong Competition Pow Wow
August 5-6 – Parry Sound, Ont Wasauksing Traditional Pow Wow
August 5-7 – Sudbury, Ont Maamwi-zwaad Anishnaabek – CHI Pow Wow
August 12-13 – Souampton, Ont Saugeen First Nations Competition Pow Wow
August 11-12 – Tyendinaga, Ont Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Traditional Pow Wow
August 11-13 – Cutler, Ont Serpent River Genaabaajing Traditional Pow Wow
August 10-12 – Hearst, Ont Constance Lake Traditional Pow Wow
August 12-13 – Chapleau, Ont Fox Lake – Chapleau Cree Traditional Pow Wow
August 17-18 -Wiarton, Ont Cape Croker Neyaashiinigming Anishinaabekiing Traditional Pow Wow
August 18-19 – Golden Lake, Ont Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Traditional Pow Wow
August 18-19 – Muncey, Ont Chippewas Of the Thames Competition Pow Wow
August 18-19 – Gogama, Ont Mattagami First Nation Traditional Pow Wow
August 19-20 – Capreol, Ont Wahnapitae Traditional Pow Wow
August 19-20 – Little Current, Ont Manitoulin Island – Whitefish River Traditional Pow Wow
August 24-26 – Rama, Ont Chippewas of Rama Competition Pow Wow
August 26-27 – Hagersville, Ont New Credit ree Fires Homecoming Traditional Pow Wow
August 26-27 – Maberly, Ont Silver Lake Traditional Pow Wow
August 26-27 – Manitoulin Island, Ont Silver Water – Zhiibaahaasing Traditional Pow Wow
August 26-27 – Oka, Quebec Kanehsatake Traditional Pow Wow
August ? – Christian Island, Ont, Ferry Boat Beausoleil Island In the Sun Intertribal Traditional Pow Wow

Mattagami First Nation’s Chief Chad Boisenneau and a young dancer. Frank Giorno for The ONE.

September 2-3rd – Thamesville, Ont Moraviantown Delaware Nation Competition Pow Wow
September 2-3rd – North Bay, Ont Nipissing Traditional Pow Wow
September 8-9 – Cornwall Island Akwesasne Intertribal Competition Pow Wow
September 8-9 – Midland, Ont Georgian Bay Friendship Centre Traditional Pow Wow
September 15-16 – Peterborough, Ont Curve Lake Traditional Pow Wow
September 15-16 – London, Ont Museum of Archaeology, Traditional harvest festival & Pow Wow
September ? – Gatineau, Quebec PETES – Pow Wow & Smoke Dance Competition
September 23-24 – Brampton, Ont 2st Annual Akweni Ki Traditional Pow Wow
September 23-24 – Sutton West, Ont Georgina Island Pow Wow
September 23rd – Waterloo, Ont University of Waterloo Traditional Pow Wow
September 30 – Toronto, Ont Native Child Traditional Pow Wow


Angela Trudeau (R) and Chanel (L) Lead female dancers await the start of the dancing portion of the 2017 Mattagami First Nation Pow Wow
Angela Trudeau (R) and Chanel (L) Lead female dancers at the 2017 Mattagami First Nation Pow. Frank Giorno for The ONE.

October 1st Niagara-On-the-Lake, Ont Nurturing Our Roots Traditional Pow Wow
October 6 – Kitchener, Ont Huron Heights Traditional Pow Wow
October 7-9 – 4058 Victoria Ave, Vineland, Ont Art Festival
October 21st – 16 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ont Fall Craft Fair — Native Canadian Centre of Toronto —

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day (R), from Serpent River First Nation, participates in the 2017 Mattagami First Nation Pow Wow as the lead male dancer. Frank Giorno for The ONE.

November 25-26 – 3201 2nd Line Rd, Hagersville, Ont Iroquois Lacrosse Arena – ILA Christmas Buzzar

Did we miss your Pow Wow! Please contact The ONE at and I will add you to the list.

An inspired demonstration of how traditional Aboriginal dancing is done.
Inspired by the moment, a woman spontaneously demonstrates traditional dance steps at the 2017 Aboriginal Day celebrations in Timmins, Ont. Frank Giorno for The ONE.


Young drummers take up the sacred responsibility of drumming during the 2017 Aboriginal Day Festival in Timmins, Ontario. Frank Giorno for The ONE.
Young drummers at the 2017 Aboriginal Day celebrations provide a pounding beat for the dancers. Frank Giorno for The ONE
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Frank Giorno

Frank Giorno Frank Giorno lives in Timmins, Ontario. He is a graduate of York University (Honors B.A Political Science) and Ryerson School of Journalism (B.A. Journalism). Frank has worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Frank has also worked as Research Director for the Canadian Environmental Law Association; Senior Communications Advisor on Water Quality Issues for the Ministry of the Environment; Public Affairs Associate for Region of Peel Public Works; and Media Relations Officer for Toronto Public Health. In Timmins, he served as the Communications Manager for Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre/Five Nations Energy Project on Energy Conservation. He freelanced for Frank is a published author of essays on the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War 2, “Internee 328: Camp Petawawa” co-written with James McCreath appears in “Beyond Barbed Wire” (Guernica Editions 2012). He has published four books of poetry, My Nation is a Train...Wreck (2017, Northern Voices Publications), MoPoPoMo (2016, Northern Voices Publications), “Elvis in America,” and “Arrivederci! Plastic Covered Couch ( 2006, 2008 Lyricalmyrical Press)”.

1 thought on “2018 Aboriginal Festivals and Pow WoWs”

  1. Love any info on any powow or cerimonies or even sweats,I`m Ojibway from Thunderbay living in Windsor and did cerimonies with John Agonie and Peter (the old man)for abot 15 years,I was at both there funnerals and went to all there cerimonies,

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