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Ontario Pow Wow Guide: 2022 Edition

Attend a Pow Wow this summer in Ontario.
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Ontario Pow Wow Guide: 2022 Edition

16 Pow Wows to attend this summer

Culture, community, food, dancing, music, tradition, regalia—check out the 2022 calendar and discover where to celebrate this year.



After a two-year hiatus, Pow Wows are back in 2022. Filled with joy, ceremony, and fellowship, these cultural gatherings are an important part of Indigenous identity and tradition for many First Nations communities.

Attending a Pow Wow either as a respectful guest or as a participant is a special way to experience Indigenous culture. 

Here is a partial list of upcoming Ontario Pow Wows in 2022. Don’t see yours? Please let us know so we can add it. 

May

May 13-14, 2022
Northwest of Vermilion Bay

2nd Annual McIntosh Residential School Traditional Powwow

Held at the former McIntosh Residential School Grounds approximately 30 kilometres northwest of Vermilion Bay. Camping is available and dinner is provided each day.

For more information, contact Brenda Morison at 807-755-1900 or brenda.morison@gmail.com

May 21-23, 2022
Walpole Island First Nation 28th Annual Spring Pow-Wow
Bkejwanong M’nookmig Jiintamook

Grand Entry is Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm and 7 pm, and Monday at 11 am. Host Drum is Snake Island.

For more information, visit Walpole Island Facebook and see this post

June

June 4, 2022
2-Spirit Pow Wow, Toronto

Held at Downsview Park from 10 am to 6 pm, this is Toronto’s first 2-Spirit Pow Wow, hosted by 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations.

June 4-5, 2022
Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow, Sault Ste. Marie

This 17th Annual Pow Wow is hosted by Shingwauk Anishnaabe Students’ Association. Host drum is Cree Confederation and co-host drum is Bear Creek.

For more information visit Shingwauk Students on Facebook.

June 10-12, 2022
Mitaanjigamiing First Nation Annual Traditional Powwow

Visit Facebook for more information. 

June 11-12, 2022
Henvey Inlet First Nation 19th Annual Traditional Pow Wow

Located 45 minutes south of Sudbury and one hour north of Parry Sound, this Pow Wow has an “honouring our men” theme. Host drum is Thunder Earth and Co-host Drum is Black Bull Moose. Grand Entry is Saturday at 12 pm and the community feast is at 5 pm. Camping is available.

For more information, contact kmquabble@gmail.com or visit Facebook

June 11-12, 2022
14th Maamwi Kindaaswin Pow Wow, North Bay

Held at Lee Park, this Pow Wow hosted by the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre will have dancing, drumming, craft vendors and food trucks, as well as a sunrise ceremony.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

June 11-12, 2022
Spirit of the Drum Powwow, Smith Falls

Learn more about Indigenous culture and history in Smiths Falls this summer as the popular Spirit of the Drum Powwow is back again this year. Head to Duck and Turtle Islands to watch Indigenous dancers dance to the beat of a traditional drumming circle – you can even join in the dancing yourself and be part of the experience.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

June 17-18, 2022
Red Lake Anishinaape Pow Wow Circle Annual Pow Wow 2022, Red Lake

Held at Keesic Beach (also known as Kinsmen Beach), Grand Entry is at 6 pm on Friday and 12 pm on Saturday. There is a potluck feast at 5 pm.

June 18-19, 2022
59th Annual Aamjiwnaang Pow Wow 2022, Sarnia

Gates open at 10 am, Grand Entry is at 12 pm, and 6 pm Saturday and 12 pm on Sunday. Expect dancing, singing, authentic food, and vendors. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact Tracy Williams, twilliams@aamjiwnaang.ca or www.aamjiwnaang.ca

June 24, 25, & 26
Couchiching First Nation 29th Annual Pow-wow

Visit Facebook for more information. 

June 25-26, 2022
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, Ottawa

For more information, visit Summer Solstice Festivals.

July

July 8-10, 2022
Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Powwow, Pic River First Nation

For more information, call or text Shannon at 807-228-1396 see this post, or visit the Pic River website.

The 50th annual Pow Wow hosted by Kettle and Stony Point First Nation is on for 2022! Details and updates can be found here https://kettlepoint.org/powwow/

July 15-17, 2022
Opwaaganisninng Lake Helen 30th Pow Wow, Red Rock

Grand Entry is on Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm, and at 12 pm on Sunday. There is a feast both Saturday and Sunday. The Host Drum is Northern Cree and the Co-Host Drum is Little Creek.

For more information, contact Gloria Lindstrom at 807-252-9097 or gubby@live.ca, or Red Rock Indian Band on Facebook.

This year's event will be held at the Ohsweken Speedway. Gates open daily at 10 am. For more information visit Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow.

Traditional gathering held at Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (Naughton/Sudbury). Saturday Grand Entry at 12 pm and 6 pm. Sunday Grand Entry at 12 pm. Everyone is welcome!

August

August 19-21, 2022
Ogimaawabiitong’s 3rd Annual Healing Your Spirit Pow Wow, Kenora

Host drum is Zhaawaanong Binesiik and co-host drums are Iron Swing Singers and Whitefish Bay Singers.

For more information, contact danika.crow@kenorachiefs.org or see this Facebook post.

August 20-21, 2022
Three Fires Pow Wow

Three Fire Homecoming. Hosted by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation in Hagersville. Check out the Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow & Traditional Gathering Facebook Group for more information.

August 20-21, 2022
33rd Annual Traditional Pow-Wow, Pikwakanagan

Taking place at the Pikwakanagan First Nation, 2 km off Hwy 60 at Golden Lake. Grand entry: Saturday at 12 pm and 7 pm, Sunday at 12 pm. Head dancers Blaze Commanda and Francis Sarazin. Celebrating our resistance. Spaces for craft and food vendors are limited. Get in touch to register.
Admission is free but donations will be graciously accepted!

August 27-28, 2022
Rama Pow Wow 2022

For more information, visit Rama Pow Wow on Facebook

September

September 10, 2022
French River Pow Wow

Held at French River Provincial Park Visitor Centre, this Pow Wow's theme is “honouring our children, our future.” Grand Entry is at 12:30.

For more information, visit French River Pow Wow on Facebook.


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