You’re Invited: Five Toronto Events Celebrate Indigenous Peoples & Cultures June 12-August 19, 2012

This video presents National Aboriginal History Month kick-off – Toronto – Jun 1, 2010:

  • Rain dancing in Toronto at Dundas Square

There are five events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to celebrate Indigenous peoples and cultures as follows:

The City of Toronto invites you to the following FREE celebratory event:

National Aboriginal History Month Celebration

June 12, 2012

FREE Admission

Nathan Phillips Square

100 Queen St. West, Toronto


The Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Fair will commence from 11am-3pm, which is a great opportunity to view and purchase authentic Aboriginal handicrafts.

Big Feather, a local band formed by the staff of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, will perform from 12pm-1pm.

On National Aboriginal Day (June 21, 2012), there will be a sunrise ceremony and flag raising on the podium roof of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., at 5:30am.

Also, from June 21 to August 19, 2012  the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) invites you to the following new FREE gallery exhibition:

Home on Native Land Exhibition


TIFF Bell Lightbox’s HSBC Gallery

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square

350 King Street West

Toronto, Ontario

June 21 – August 19, 2012

New media work by contemporary First Peoples artists

“Home on Native Land presents new media work by artists and filmmakers that address the concept of home – a theme that is also central in First Peoples cinema. The loss of home and all of its contents, from land and language to tradition and family defines the First Peoples experience from the Americas to Australia and New Zealand. First Peoples storytellers return to this theme again and again. Tradition remains as a connection to what was lost and new forms reconcile the history of the shared home we now all inhabit. Housing crises remain common among First Peoples communities worldwide, and the home remains under siege by the legacy of history. It is this history that the works in this show confront most directly, asking us to witness, understand and reconcile.”

-Jesse Wente

Home on Native Land  is curated by Jesse Wente (Ojibwe) and Steven Loft (Mohawk)


  • Nadia Myre – Kitigan Anishinabeg Nation (Canada)

Contact Info:

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square
350 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3X5

Steve and Rashmi Gupta
Box Office /Customer Relations

Phone: 416.599.TIFF or
1.888.599.8433 Toll-Free


Na-Me-Res Annual Traditional Pow Wow/Community Festival In Celebration of National Aboriginal History Month

June 23, 2012

Well’s Hill Park

145 Hilton Avenue (St. Clair & Bathurst), Toronto

12pm – 6pm


Featuring a grand entry, craft displays, children’s activity area, traditional feast, giveaways and more!


Here is the itinerary of the National Aboriginal History Month Celebration Event –FREE Admission; June 30, 2012; 12:00pm-8:00pm:

  • 12:00-12:10 Master of Ceremonies Bob Goulais
  • 12:15-12:25 Honour Song – Walter Lindstone & Friends
  • 12:30-12:40 Native Canadian Centre, E.D. Larry Frost
  • 12:45-1:30 Dance Performance w/ Nichole Leveck & Guests
  • 1:45-2:15 Big Feather – Native Child House Band
  • 2:00-2:15 Hoop Dancer Lisa Odig
  • 2:30-3:00 Métis Fiddler Quartet
  • 3:15-3:30 Hip Hop Pow Wow Performance
  • 3:45-4:15 Eagle Woman Singerz – Hand Drum Group
  • 4:30-5:30 Fashion Show by
  • 5:45-6:30 Iskwe – Cree/Dene/Irish singer/songwriter
  • 7:00-8:00 Digging Roots – 2010 Juno Award winning blues/rock music group

Come and celebrate National Aboriginal History Month with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto on June 30th!

Press Release – June 1, 2012 – On Saturday, June 30th, 2012, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto will be holding their annual Aboriginal History Month event at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto. This exciting event begins at noon and ends at 8:00 pm.

All are welcome to the Aboriginal History Month celebration. This annual event honours and celebrates Aboriginal history and culture. This year, we have an exciting line-up of entertainers, craft vendors exhibiting and selling their wares, and of course we couldn’t forget food!


  • Lisa Odjig: Two time World Champion Hoop Dancer & Contestant on Canada’s Got Talent
  • Iskwe: Cree/Dene/Irish singer/songwriter
  • Métis Fiddler Quartet: Canadian Métis and Native old-style fiddle music
  • Digging Roots: 2010 Juno Award winning blues/rock music group

Also Featuring:

  • Aboriginal Food
  • Arts & Crafts Market
  • Hip Hop Pow Wow
  • Fashion Show by

 Happy Aboriginal History Month!


Both Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre invite you to the following 10-day celebration (August 10-19, 2012) featuring exciting and innovative artists from around the globe.

International Indigenous Arts Festival

Ten visionary days of current global Indigenous culture!

August 10-19, 2012


  • A variety of Planet IndigenUS events will also be hosted by Woodland Cultural Centre.
    • Highlights of the international Indigenous arts festival events include
      • visual arts exhibition Earthly Connections by artists Kelly Greene, Shelley Niro and Vince Bomberry
      • a performance by blues artist Joel Johnson
      • and The Graffiti Project, a showcase of work by the students of Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo, a Mohawk and Cayuga immersion school at Six Nations

Please click here for the complete itinerary and details of the 10-day celebration of International Indigenous Arts Festival.



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  1. We Talk Women is hosting an event on June 28th at The Inner Garden in honour of the hundreds of Aboriginal women that have been murdered or have gone missing in Canada over the last 20 years. Hope you can join us. Please visit for details.

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