First Nations Pow Wows |

Pow Wows

Celebrate and share the culture, customs and languages of all of Canada’s Indigenous peoples on National Indigenous Peoples Day (and the day of summer solstice, the longest day of the year). Join in the festivities at Sainte Marie among the Hurons, follow the Moccasin Walk Trail at Crawford Lake Conservation Area or catch the performances during the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival in Ottawa. Six Nations Tourism is host to a variety of cultural and arts and crafts events and festivals throughout the year. Take in original and provocative Indigenous film and art at the annual imagineNATIVE festival.

Pow wows are social and spiritual gatherings to celebrate the customs and honour the leaders of Indigenous peoples, usually involving food, music, dance and ceremony. Attending a pow wow is not only a great privilege, but also an opportunity to gain insight into sacred legends and surviving traditions. 

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.

Celebrate the rich arts heritage of the Six Nations of Grand River at the Champion of Champions Pow Wow near Brantford in July, featuring dancers from across Canada and the US. Experience traditional song, dance, craft and food of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation Pow Wow, near Orillia in mid-August.

Late August marks the colourful and vibrant annual Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow of the Mississaugas of the New Credit in Hagersville, near Hamilton, as well as the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn Traditional Pow Wow celebrating Algonquin culture on the shores of the Bonnechere River and Golden Lake in the Ottawa Valley.

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.

Camp along the French River during the annual Dokis First Nation Annual Traditional Pow Wow in late June. The Temagami First Nation on Bear Island welcomes you to the Bear Island Pow Wow in mid-July in the heart of pristine Lake Temagami. 

Celebrate the tradition of the Anishinaabek people at the Wiikwemkong 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. 

Indigenous dress


Join hundreds of dancers, drum groups and spectators to celebrate Algonquin culture at this traditional Pow Wow each August on the shores of the Bonnechere River and Golden Lake (west of Ottawa).

Two Indigenous dancers performing in full costume


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