Monday, June 20, 2016

Annual National Aboriginal Day - June 21

This article originally appeared in City of Toronto in June 2016



2016 National Aboriginal Day

June is Aboriginal History Month. The 22nd annual National Aboriginal Day celebration is on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The City of Toronto is hosting a Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising at City Hall Podium roof on June 21st starting at 5:30 a.m. The City and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting related events from June 14 to June 23.

2016 Events

Arts and Crafts Fair
June 14, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., performance by Hidden Rivers Singers at 12:30 p.m.
100 Queen St. W.

Indigenous Arts Festival
June 16 to 19
250 Fort York Blvd.
Free admission

Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow
June 18, Grand entry at noon, 

June 18, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Native Men’s Residence Traditional Pow Wow is held to recognize National Aboriginal Day on the Summer Solstice. The event features traditional dancing, drumming, kid's area, craft vendors, and a full feast after the dancing. Seven Aboriginal drum groups will be on hand, including host drum Chippewa Travelers and co-host drum Big Train. Over 100 traditional dancers are expected to participate including head dancers Tee Lyn Copenance and Mike Healy. The day begins with a sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m., the Grand Entry takes place at 12 p.m., and the community feast will begin shortly after 4:30 p.m. The Pow Wow will be followed by a gala concert as part of the Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York featuring the legendary Derek Miller and more.
Admission is FREE.

Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising with Elder Cat Criger
June 21, 5:30 a.m.
100 Queen St. W.
250 Fort York Blvd.
Free admission 416-651-6750 ext. 2233

Aboriginal History Month Celebration
June 23, Noon - 8 p.m.
Featuring Logan Staats, Blackstone, Toronto Métis Jiggers and much more.
Sponsored by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 416-964-9087

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