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Powwow Schedule

5:15 am

Gates Open to Public

All are welcome for Sunrise Ceremony

 

5:34 am

Sunrise Ceremony

 

6:30 am

Water Carrier Blessing 

8 am

Powwow Fully Opens

9 am - 12 pm

Knowledge Sharing Series 

See "Event Details" for speaker information

12 pm

Drum Roll Call

12:30 pm - 1:30

Grand Entry 

12:30 pm - 5 pm

Traditional Powwow, Intertribal Dances could include

Tiny Tots

Womans Fancy Shawl

Men's Grass Dance

Golden Age

Women's Traditional 

Men's Fancy

Crow Hop

Women's Jingle Dress

Men's Traditional

Two-Step

Snake Dance

Round Dance

Hoop Dance

Smoke Dance

6 pm - 7 pm

Dinner Break

7 pm - 10 pm

Iroquois Social - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Speaker Series

Knowledge Sharing Series

Saturday, June 29, 2024

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Sheepa Papatsie

Maker and leader in the Toronto Inuit community.

9 am - 10 am

Sheepa Papatsie is originally from Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Her paternal grandmother was Cree, but Sheepa was taught and raised in Inuit culture and tradition.

 

Now based in the Greater Toronto Area, she is a maker and leader in the Toronto Inuit community, sharing her knowledge and stories

of Inuit.

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Christopher Stock

Christopher’s Interactive Indigenous Cultural Experiences offer an introduction to North America’s Indigenous People and their culture, creating a welcoming, inviting, engaging, positive experience and an opportunity to build a bridge toward active and sustaining Truth and Reconciliation

10 am - 11 am

Christopher Stock (Tehonatáhnhen-He is surrounded by the town) is a fifth-generation member of the Wáhta Mohawks, whose ancestors relocated from Kanehsatà:ke – Oka, Quebec, to Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, in 1881. He is a graduate of the Mohawk Immersion Adult Language Program at Wáhta Mohawk Territory, a graduate of Queen’s University’s Indigenous Teacher Education Program and holds a Primary/Junior Certification from the Ontario College of Teachers.
During his high school years, Christopher contributed to creating the first Native Studies course. He began his teaching career with the Wáhta Mohawks’ Kinderkids Program, a unique

 The outdoor education program for JK/SK students allowed him to develop his distinctive teaching style.
Christopher spent many years as a Second Language Teacher for Mohawk in grades 4-8 at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He has also participated in many presentations, performances and special events, including playing guitar, performing in Mohawk alongside his brother Jonathon as “THE WÁHTA BOYS,” participating in National Aboriginal Language Day and National Aboriginal Day celebrations, and performing at various schools and youth clubs.
In 2018, Christopher received a diagnosis of Aggressive Stage 4 Diffuse Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He underwent six chemotherapy treatments from August 28, 2018, to December 18, 2018, resulting in a confirmed non-active cancer status by January 18, 2019. However, he still battles the after-effects of cancer and its treatment, such as severe neuropathy (permanent nerve damage) in both legs.
These unique experiences and Christopher’s life-changing journey through cancer have highlighted what truly matters in life: time.

Drew Hayden Taylor

Author/Play Write

Curve Lake First Nation

11 am - 12 pm

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award winning playwright, novelist, filmmaker and journalist.

 

Born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation, he has done everything from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to being the Artistic Director at Canada's leading Indigenous theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts Inc.

 

Currently, APTN will air the third season of his award-winning television series GOING NATIVE, and his 35th book, an Indigenous horror novel titled COLD, which was released by McClelland & Stewart in January.

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Sunday, June 30, 2024

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Christopher Stock

Christopher’s Interactive Indigenous Cultural Experiences offer an introduction to North America’s Indigenous People and their culture, creating a welcoming, inviting, engaging, positive experience and an opportunity to build a bridge toward active and sustaining Truth and Reconciliation

10 am - 11 am

Christopher Stock (Tehonatáhnhen-He is surrounded by the town) is a fifth-generation member of the Wáhta Mohawks, whose ancestors relocated from Kanehsatà:ke – Oka, Quebec, to Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, in 1881. He is a graduate of the Mohawk Immersion Adult Language Program at Wáhta Mohawk Territory, a graduate of Queen’s University’s Indigenous Teacher Education Program and holds a Primary/Junior Certification from the Ontario College of Teachers.
During his high school years, Christopher contributed to creating the first Native Studies course. He began his teaching career with the Wáhta Mohawks’ Kinderkids Program, a unique

 The outdoor education program for JK/SK students allowed him to develop his distinctive teaching style.
Christopher spent many years as a Second Language Teacher for Mohawk in grades 4-8 at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He has also participated in many presentations, performances and special events, including playing guitar, performing in Mohawk alongside his brother Jonathon as “THE WÁHTA BOYS,” participating in National Aboriginal Language Day and National Aboriginal Day celebrations, and performing at various schools and youth clubs.
In 2018, Christopher received a diagnosis of Aggressive Stage 4 Diffuse Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He underwent six chemotherapy treatments from August 28, 2018, to December 18, 2018, resulting in a confirmed non-active cancer status by January 18, 2019. However, he still battles the after-effects of cancer and its treatment, such as severe neuropathy (permanent nerve damage) in both legs.
These unique experiences and Christopher’s life-changing journey through cancer have highlighted what truly matters in life: time.

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Kayl Commanda

Anishinaabe Two-Spirit woman from Nipissing First Nation, of the Marten clan.

10 am - 11 am

Kayl completed a Bachelor of Indigenous studies and history from Trent University in 2022, going on to complete a degree in Indigenous Education and becoming a certified secondary teacher with experience in Indigenous pedagogy.

 

Kayl holds teachables in FNMI studies and history. She began as a volunteer Firekeeper in 2019, working her way up to the leadership position of Head Firekeeper in 2021, and maintaining that role until finishing her degree in April 2024.

 

Kayl helped to grow and maintain a traditional medicine garden at Trent University, sharing stories and teachings with campus staff to grow appreciation of Native species and Indigenous knowledge.

 

Through her work as a Firekeeper, Kayl has traveled across Ontario providing traditional on the land teachings to youth and adults alike, becoming a strong advocate for Two-Spirit spaces.

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Sheepa Papatsie

Maker and leader in the Toronto Inuit community.

11 am - 12 pm

Sheepa Papatsie is originally from Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Her paternal grandmother was Cree, but Sheepa was taught and raised in Inuit culture and tradition.

 

Now based in the Greater Toronto Area, she is a maker and leader in the Toronto Inuit community, sharing her knowledge and stories

of Inuit.

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