National Aboriginal Day

Greetings, Boozhoo, Aaniin, Sekoh, Wachay, Ullakut!

National Aboriginal Day invites us to learn more about Indigenous history, perspectives and culture, and help us build stronger relationships rooted in mutual respect and understanding.

We’re taking the opportunity to spotlight some of the wonderful partnerships and events shared with us by Indigenous leaders and communities across Ontario:

Killarney Provincial Park

partners holding painting

Killarney maintains a partnership with nearby Point Grondine Park, which is owned and operated by Wikwemikong Unceded Territory. The two parks share training and job-shadowing opportunities, exchanging knowledge about park management. Point Grondine’s interpreter will also run a few programs at Killarney throughout the summer, and the two parks promote each other’s events.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park

Petroglyphs visitors centre

Petroglyphs earned its named because it contains the largest known concentration of Indigenous rock carvings in Canada. This sacred site is known as “The Teaching Rocks,” and depicts turtles, snakes, birds, humans and more.

Visit the Learning Place Visitor Centre to discover the traditions of the Ojibway (Nishnaabe) people through the teachings of the medicine wheel.

Sibbald Point Provincial Park

Everyone is invited to experience the rich heritage and vibrant culture of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation for an annual Pow Wow at Sibbald Point, held September 12-13, 2017.

The two-day event, beginning at noon on Saturday with a grand entry, will feature traditional drumming and dancing, as well as First Nation crafts and food for purchase.

Killbear Provincial Park

filming at Killbear

In 2015, Killbear was chosen as a location to film a dance for the multimedia production I Lost My Talk, based on the poem by Mi’kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe.

French River Provincial Park

French River_Visitor Centre_Pow wow opening ceremony_drumming

Everyone is welcome to attend the 11th Annual Gathering and Pow Wow “Bringing in the Grandmothers.” Explore the history behind the Wampum Belt. The rich celebration will include presentations, a tea social, craft and food vendors, open mic, dancing, and music.

This family friendly (no pets please!) gathering takes place at the French River Visitor Centre on July 7-8, 2017.