Annual Niagara ‘Nurturing Our Roots Powwow’ Is Coming Our Way – VIRTUALLY

The Niagara Regional Native Centre is hosting their 8th Annual Nurturing Our Roots Powwow VIRTUALLY this year

News from FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted October 4rth, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – This weekend (Saturday, October , the community would have normally gathered in Montebello Park for the 3rd and Sunday, October 4th) Niagara Regional Native Centre’s annual Nurturing Our Roots Powwow, which has become a highly anticipated part of Niagara’s fall season. In partnership with the FirstOntario PAC, the Powwow will go on – virtually!

“We’re hosting this mini Powwow to demonstrate our way of life. We usually have Powwows all year but to have something like this, even though small, is still big,” says Joe Shawana, Cultural Resource Coordinator for the Niagara Regional Native Centre.

The virtual Powwow will take place on Sunday 4 October as part of an upcoming series developed by the PAC to continue to amplify the voices of Niagara’s BIPOC communities.

“We continue to take great care in developing programming partnerships and are always reflecting on how to utilize our platforms to share messages that promote mutual understanding, empathy, and respect through the arts,” says Annie Wilson, Programming Supervisor for the PAC.

The FirstOntario PAC has developed this series to amplify the voices of our community and to take actions toward a better world free from oppression, discrimination and racism.  We have developed three upcoming programs to continue to amplify the voices of Niagara’s BIPOC communities.

SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER 2020 10 am –Sisters in Spirit Walk honours the memory of the more than 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Every 4 Oct, vigils and events are held across the country in support of family members and loved ones and to recognize this is still happening in our country. The walk will lend support, bring awareness and offer healing prayers for all, and will take place starting at St. Catharines City Hall at 10am and travel to the FirstOntario PAC backyard (rain or shine).

4 pm – Niagara Regional Native Centre Nurturing Our Roots (virtual) Powwow

An online Powwow experience that will feature traditional dance demonstrations, teachings and songs. This event will be hosted by the NRNC’s Cultural Resource Coordinator, Joe Shawana, and Music Producer/Engineer/Performing Artist, Adrian Harjo.

SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER 2020 7 pm – Spotlight on the Newcomer Community, in collaboration with Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. Join us for an enlightening presentation that will put a spotlight on local newcomer entrepreneurs as well as ethnocultural groups working to welcome the newcomer community. The event will be hosted by Folk Arts ED Emily Kovacs and PAC ED Colleen Smith.

SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2020  7 pm – Racism in Sport – Panel discussion with local prominent Black sports players and coaches discussing their own experiences of racism in their sports and life careers. Panelists to be announced soon. Moderated by Charles Kissi, General Manager and Head Coach of Guelph Nighthawks and Podcast Host of THINK ABOUT IT, Lead Assistant Coach for Raptors 905 (2018-2020), Brock University Manager of Basketball Operations and Men’s Basketball Coach (2013-2018).

All events will stream for free via the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s website ( , Facebook ( and YouTube ( channels.

This series has been made possible through funding received from the Canada Council for the Arts – Digital Originals Program.

The Niagara Regional Native Centre in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is hosting their 8th Annual Nurturing Our Roots Powwow VIRTUALLY!

We are calling on our community to submit a video of YOU performing your favourite Gord Downie/Tragically Hip songs and/or poems! (

The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for a diverse, cross-section of amateur and professional musicians to share in honouring Gord Downie’s music, poetry and artistic work.

We will choose video submissions to share as part of our virtual concert on Saturday 17 October along with live performances by artists who have been part of previous Gord’s Legacy concerts. We will provide a $75 honorarium to each of the chosen local submissions that will be aired. Local artists who submit a video will also be considered to perform live at future Gord’s Legacy concerts.


About the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a 95,000 square foot cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues that host a signature presentation of international and local performing artists. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre plays a vital role in the renaissance of downtown St. Catharines, serving as the catalyst in modernizing the area and reinforcing the brilliance of Niagara region’s diverse cultural cluster.

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. W

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