First Nations Celebrations

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Aboriginal Education and Native Studies Resources from David Spencer's Education Paragon

  • Connect with Aboriginal elders and educators and join Native Education Association of Ontario Circle (NEAO Circle) formerly The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle) e-newsletter. The NEAO Circle is a professional learning and sharing network of educators, teachers, college instructors, university professors, Aboriginal elders and leaders. Through e-mail, they share First Nation, Metis and Inuit and native studies resources, curriculum and teaching strategies that will help Canadian teachers integrate school curriculum with current cultural, environmental and historical contributions of our Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis brothers and sisters.
  • Join the Native Education Association of Ontario and NEAO Circle on Facebook.
  • See photos and read about past gatherings of The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle).
  • Join the First Nation, Metis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO) the Ontario Ministry of Education recognized provincial subject association for teachers and educators of First Nation, Metis & Inuit Studies and Native Languages. From 2011 to May 2014, this subject association was previously called the Native Education Association of Ontario (NEAO). Special thanks to Marg Boyle for her three years of leadership, encouragement and support.
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First Nations Celebrations


A Gathering: Peel's Aboriginal Celebration

A Gathering: Peel's Aboriginal Celebration is a one-day festival celebrating the heritage and culture of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. A Gathering is organized by Region of Peel Children’s Services in partnership with the Peel Aboriginal Steering Committee (PASC).



Canadian Aboriginal Festival

Canadian Aboriginal Festival hosted at the Copps Coliseum and Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. The festival includes the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Education Day, amateur Lacrosse Skills Competition, music and performing arts venues, traditional foods, excellent shopping and information at more than 250 booths and the centerpiece of the festival – Canada’s largest Pow Wow. The Pow Wow attracts over 1,000 dancers from every corner of North America. The Pow Wow starts with a Grand Entry when all dancers dance into the dance circle in full regalia to the beat of the drums. The motion, colour and sound of the Grand Entry is spectacular and for many visitors, emotional. In addition to the dancers, veterans, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, Elders, Aboriginal members of the armed forces and various police organizations and others also participate in the Grand Entries. Theme of the Pow Wow will be “Saluting Our Warriors”, past and present. The Canadian Aboriginal Festival is organized and coordinated by Indian Art-I-Crafts of Ontario, a non-profit Aboriginal organization located in Brantford, ON. In addition to the 15 years of the festival, Indian Art-I-Crafts of Ontario has been active in numerous local, provincial and federal Aboriginal events over the past 20 years.



Gathering of Nations

The Gathering of Nations is a Native American Indian 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1983 to promote United States based Native American, American Indian (indigenous) culture & tradition, and dispel stereotypes created about Native American Indian and indigenous people.



Grand Chief Henri Membertou 400th Anniversary

Grand Chief Henri Membertou 400th anniversary marks the baptism of Grand Chief Henri Membertou. He was a man who shaped the faith of his people and the fate of a nation. Beloved by his followers, feared by his enemies and reverentially-admired by all who knew him, he was Grand Chief Henri Membertou, prophet, leader and legend. On June 24,1610, in the moon of good fishing, he became the first person to be baptized in the Dominion of Canada. This solemn act signaled the Mi’kmaq’s desire for peace with the European nations and established a holy alliance between the Mi’kmaq nation and the Catholic Church; a relationship that continues to thrive in Mi’kmaq communities four hundred years later.



National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day is held in Canada on June 21 of each year. View a video about National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day On June 21, Canada celebrates National Aboriginal Day. This date is very significant for Aboriginal people because it is when they celebrate the summer solstice (longest day of the year).

Activities for National Aboriginal Day from The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

More resources for National Aboriginal Day.




Wikwemikong Festival

The Wikwemikong Festival is Eastern Canada's Oldest Pow Wow Held Annually on August Civic Holiday Weekend on the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada