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POW WOWS

Pow Wows are sacred gathering of Indigenous peoples to honour the past, renew friendships and celebrate with music, song, food, dance and storytelling. Traditionally held in spring, pow wows were also a celebration of the end of winter and the rebirth of nature.

Experience the dazzling display of competitive dancers in brilliantly coloured regalia representing legends and lore. Listen to the haunting beat of the drum, and songs about warriors, respect and social life passed down by the elders for generations. Sample Indigenous fare and admire authentic artwork, crafts, carving, beadwork and jewelry.

SOUTHERN ONTARIO

May
Celebrate the Hiawatha culture at the Hiawatha First Nation Annual Pow Wow at the Lakeview Ceremonial Grounds. The Odawa Pow Wow near Ottawa features an arts and crafts museum.  
June
Na-Me-Res  hosts Toronto’s Annual Traditional Pow Wow in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day and the Summer Solstice.
July
Celebrate the rich arts heritage of the Six Nations of Grand River at the Champion of Champions Pow Wow near Brantford, featuring dancers from across Canada and the US. The annual Mississaugas of Scugog Island Pow Wow takes place in Port Perry. 
August
Learn about the unique customs and cultural identity of the Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow and Traditional Gathering of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First through music and dance in Nation in Hagersville. On the shores of Lake Huron, just north of Southampton, is the Saugeen First Nation Pow Wow. While on the east side of the Bruce Peninsula, check out the Annual Neyaashiinigmiing Anishinaabeking Pow Wow. Spend the weekend in Quinte Bay for the Tyendinaga Annual Traditional Pow Wow on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Experience traditional song, dance, craft and food of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation Pow Wow, near Orillia. Late August marks the Algonquins Of Pikwàkanagàn Traditional Pow Wow celebrating Algonquin culture on the shores of the Bonnechere River and Golden Lake in the Ottawa Valley. Silver Lake Pow Wow is an annual gathering in Silver Lake Provincial Park, in Tay Valley.
September
Witness fire dancers at the Akwesasne International Pow Wow on Cornwall Island. Visit the Museum of Ontario Archaeology in London for the annual Native Harvest Festival and Pow Wow with family activities and hands-on workshops in mid-September or learn about the Anishinaabek from the great Mississauga Nation (which includes the Odawa, Ojibwa, and Algonquin peoples) at the Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow, near Buckhorn in the Kawarthas. Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre’s annual Pow Wow in Midland showcases a variety of dances, traditional crafts and food. Chippewas of Georgina Island Pow Wow takes place at the end of September.

NORTHERN ONTARIO

June
The Sheshegwaning Annual Traditional Pow Wow is held the third week in June on the western portion of Manitoulin Island. 
July
Camp along the French River during the annual Dokis First Nation Annual Traditional Pow Wow. The Temagami First Nation on Bear Island welcomes you to the Bear Island Pow Wow in the heart of pristine Lake Temagami.
August
Celebrate the tradition of the Anishinaabek people at the Wiikwemkoong Traditional Pow Wow, eastern Canada’s oldest and largest competition Pow Wow held on August Civic Holiday Weekend on the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. The annual Nipissing First Nation Pow Wow takes place in late summer. Witness sacred Ojibwa and Cree ritual and beautiful regalia at the Constance Lake Pow Wow

Get the annual Great Lakes Pow Wow Guide.

Close up Indigenous attire

ALGONQUINS OF PIKWÀKANAGÀN TRADITIONAL POW WOW

Join hundreds of dancers, drum groups and spectators to celebrate Algonquin culture at this traditional Pow Wow each year in August on the shores of the Bonnechere River and Golden Lake in Renfrew County.
Two Indigenous dancers performing in full costume

POW WOW ON MANITOULIN ISLAND

Throughout the year, Manitoulin Island is host to a number of pow wows and traditional ceremonies celebrating First Nations culture, food and history.

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