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Celebration of Nations: An Inclusive Indigenous Gathering

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Kakekalanicks Indigenous Arts & Consultancy present the second annual Celebration of Nations, a gathering of Indigenous arts, culture, and tradition in downtown St. Catharines from September 7–9.

Celebration of Nations is part of a long-term vision of Kakekalanicks, the FirstOntario PAC, and the City of St. Catharines to build on the Two Row Wampum teaching that promotes all Nations walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion, and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for our shared future.

Guided by that philosophy, Artistic Director Michele-Elise Burnett (Métis) and Artistic Producer Tim Johnson (Mohawk) have curated a robust program with support from the Celebration of Nations Advisory Council and PAC programming staff.

“We’re thrilled to partner again with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre,” said Michele-Elise Burnett. “The theme of this year’s Celebration of Nations is Healing Through the Arts. Amid the entertainment, informational presentations will focus on positive actions to address generational trauma caused by Residential Schools and The Sixties Scoop. We will also examine issues such as food security, respiratory disease among First Nations and Inuit children, and other concerns, all while inspired by the healing creativity and delightful humour of our artists.”

Headlining artists include: Martha Redbone, Howie Miller, Santee Smith performing The Mush Hole and a spirited dance set from award-winning DJ and producer, Classic Roots.

The weekend will include free and ticketed events, as well as an affordable all-access weekend pass that gives access to every ticketed event and registration to workshops for just $30. Weekend passes are free for children under 13 years. Visit celebrationofnations.ca for information and tickets.

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