In Niagara, Ontario, ‘Celebration of Nations 2020 is Here!

A Weekend Full of Live Streams begins this Friday, September 11th and runs through the entire Weekend

A News Release from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted September 11, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Celebration of Nations is the annual gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture and Tradition presented by Kakekalanicks Indigenous Consultancy and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Celebration of Nations celebrates creativity, diversity and resilience. This year we’re going virtual with live stream performances, teachings, workshops + so much more!



Friday 11 September live stream features:

6 p.m. – Opening Film: Starborn by Olivia Mater 6:15 – Welcome and Achievement Awards 7:30 p.m.  – Ascension Harjo – Hoop Dance 7:45 p.m. – 2020 Juno winner showcase concert with Celeigh Cardinal

8:30  p.m. – 2020 Juno winner showcase concert with LeE HARVey OsMOND (aka Tom Wilson) live from Partridge Hall! (

Saturday 12 September live stream features 3 blocks!

8:30 a.m.- Stories of the Haudenosaunee People

9:00 a.m. – Pow Wow Boot Camp with Santee Smith

10:30 a.m. – Virtual Pollinator Garden Workshop 11:00 a.m.- Virtual Smoke Dance Competition (

2:00 p.m. – The First Environment by Katsi Cook

3:00 p.m.  – 13,000 Years of Indigenous Navigation and Settlement in the Great Lakes Watershed

4:00 p.m.  – Teepee or not Teepee?

Short Films and Q&A with comedian Ryan McMann and Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre 5:00 p.m. – The Empathic Poetry Café hosted by Janet Rogers (afternoon block hosted by: One Dish, One Mic Radio Show) (

8:00 p.m.  – Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Blood, Water, Earth 9:00 – Lido Pimienta live from Partridge Hall! (

Sunday 13 September live stream features:

9:00 a.m.- Drumming Circle with Jackie Labonte & Oliver Nobosin 10:00 a.m. – Live on CKTB 610 radio with One Dish, One Mic 11:45 – Smoke Dance Winners Announced with Kehala and Jordan Smith (

2:00 p.m. – Environmental and Cultural Stewardship presented by Niagara Parks and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

3:00 pm.  – Indigenous focused Cooking Class with Laura Lenson’s Custom Cuisine

4:00 p.m. – Her Moccasins Talk – The State of our Waters panel discussion with Christi Belcourt, Nancy Rowe, Santee Smith, and Angela DeMontigny with host Grandmother Renee

5:00 p.m. – Landscape Of Nations 360 Indigenous Niagara Living Museum virtual Tour & closing with Michele-Elise Burnett & Tim Johnson (

For the full program and to watch the livestreams, please visit:<>

All livestreams are FREE to watch on our website ( , Facebook ( or YouTube ( – no registration necessary. All streams take place during Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Kakekalanicks’ mission is to promote Indigenous art and artists to broad-based audiences and acts to educate the public about the deep-rooted beauty and uniqueness of each Nation’s culture, heritage, and traditions through the medium of the Arts.

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is located downtown St. Catharines, Ontario on the shared traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Neutral Peoples and many other Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We offer our sincere gratitude and respect to the original and continued stewards of this land. We also acknowledge Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and 2SLGBTQQAI+ that have been marginalized for centuries and more – and our collective responsibility to take action for a better world free from oppression, discrimination and racism. The PAC aims to provide meaningful opportunities to bring our community together in a place of mutual understanding, empathy, and respect through the arts.

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