Get Ready for Celebration of Nations in Niagara Ontario – September 8th to 10th at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines

Let’s gather to learn about and celebrate our shared history, and future. 

An Invite to All from Niagara’s FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Posted September 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – “We’re thrilled to partner with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre,” said Kakekalanicks president and Artistic Director Michele-Elise Burnett (Métis).

Legendary singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie among Celebration of Nations event headliners

“The great Métis leader Louis Riel once said, ‘My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.’

Through the Celebrations of Nations programming delivered at this state-of-the-art venue, we’re doing our best to make that vision come true.”   Celebration of Nations will showcase a variety of Indigenous arts and artists, ranging from traditional and contemporary music, dance and visual arts to film screenings, creative workshops, teaching, and hands-on activities for both children and adults.

Highlights include:  

•    Headline performances from Buffy Sainte-Marie, DJ Shub Pow Wow Step Dance Party, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Re-Quickening and a special RUMBLE Unity Jam Session (with Kenny Lee Lewis, Derek Miller and many special guests).

•    The Backyard (Mann Raceway Plaza + Lancaster, Brooks & Welch Pathway) – a free space behind the FirstOntario PAC that will feature a Métis Encampment, interactive workshops, Indigenous food and music all weekend long.

•    Interactive discussions and workshops that includes opportunities to learn about and make Métis dot art on rocks, a hand-held drum, Unity bracelets and tiny moccasins to be donated locally.

•    The Film Series – includes Niagara premiere of the Sundance and Hot Docs award-winning RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World, Moose River Crossing by Shirley Cheechoo, FREE screenings of imagineNATIVE Shorts and Gord Downie’s The Secret Path. Purchase a Weekend Pass for just $100 for admission to all ticketed live events and films!

Celebration of Nations is an opportunity for Niagara residents and visitors to actively participate in an inclusive and engaging community gathering, built on the Two Row Wampum that promotes all Nations walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community.

Over 30 free and ticketed events next weekend!

For more information click on the followingFull Celebration of Nations weekend schedule available now!

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