This is an amazing summer in Toronto for experiencing Indigenous cultures at multiple events! We don’t think there’s ever been a greater opportunity to meet more creative people from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada.
Last month, First Story Toronto hosted daily tours of Indigenous Toronto for an entire week, and capped it by hosting an unprecedented TALKING TORONTO TREATIES event.
On Monday, July 20, you can attend another Talking Toronto Treaties event – the premiere of our video covering our treaty history from 1649 to the present! Our treaty historians Jesse Thistle and Zach Smith will be on hand to introduce their video and answer questions afterward:
“We identify the relevant communities, touch upon their histories of interaction and conflict, and the diplomatic means – treaties – by which they managed to forge relations of peace between themselves and later, with European powers. Included among these are the Peace of Montreal and Dish with One Spoon (1701), the Treaty of Niagara and the Covenant Chain – where we made peace with the British – (1764), the treaties made with the British by the Mississauga (1787-88, 1805-06), the Williams Treaties (1923) and finally, the conclusion of the Mississauga’s of the New Credit Toronto land claim (2010).”
WHERE: The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road (1 block N. of Bloor)
WHEN: Monday July 20, 6pm
And elsewhere, the ABORIGINAL PAVILION is in full swing on the grounds of Fort York and and later at Harbourfront Centre. This 19-day Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival runs concurrent to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am games from July 10-26 and August 7-9 this year. From Main Stage musical performances to dance, theatre and family programming on the Small Stage, from visual arts and traditional crafts workshops to artist talks, film screenings, a curated exhibition, there’s much to see and do!
Check out the Aboriginal Pavilion’s SCHEDULE here: http://www.alppavilion.ca/ And it’s all FREE!
And then comes Planet IndigenUS 2015: 300 artists over 10 days from from July 30-August 9, co-hosted by Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford. Planet IndigenUS is a global exploration of contemporary Indigenous civilizations. Since 2004, this bi-annual festival has been raising public awareness, breaking stereotypes and fostering a cross-cultural dialogue between Canadians. Enjoy music, art, food and ideas from First Nations communities across Canada and Indigenous peoples around the world.
Check out the Planet IndigenUS’s SCHEDULE here: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/planetindigenus/2015/events/index.cfm?festival_id=210
Let’s all support these incredible opportunities to enjoy and learn this summer, so we’ll encourage the artists and producers to return in the future!