Indigenous Legacy Gathering | November 4-5, 2021
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All Nations Junior – Drum
Friday 11:00 – 11:30 am
Juniors was born. The group has composed many songs, one of which,
‘Everyone Welcome’ was written by members Dakota Myran and Jayden
Wemigwans. This Cree/Ojibwe song was composed in honour of all peoples
across Turtle Island and tells a story that all dancers are welcome to come
into the arena to dance and showcase their styles and culture. The All Nations
Juniors are also a part of the A more Beautiful Journey project.
Red Bear Singers – Songs and Hand Drums
Friday 3:45 – 4:15 pm
in 2018. This was done as a way to continue the personal healing journeys of
each individual member in a group setting. The group wrote their first song
in 2018, titled, “Away Back”. This song honours the children taken from their
families and placed into foster care, orphanages, day schools, and Residential
Schools. Since then, the group has worked on learning several community
songs including the three songs which can be heard on the Soundways App.
The App is a part of the Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Toronto’s
Year of Public Art, A More Beautiful Journey landmark XR (extended reality)
audio installation. (amorebeatifuljourney.ca)
Aztec Dancers Group Dance
Friday 11:45 – 12:20 pm
The Aztec Dancers perform traditional Indigenous dances from Mexico. Their
dances honour the 4 sacred elements; water, earth, air, and fire. Each dance
has a meaning and a prayer.
Kevin Sandy – Lacrosse Teachings and Demonstration
Friday 1:25 – 2:00 pm
River Territory, Six Nations. Kevin is the CEO/Director of Haudenosaunee Lacrosse and Otahyoni Management Group and a co-founder of the Indigenous Lacrosse Association.
Lisa Odjig Mchayle
Friday 5:15 – 5:50 pm
Island, Ontario. She is a World Champion Hoop dancer. Hoop dancing is a
form of storytelling through dance. An Indigenous hoop dancer uses hoops to
create shapes as they move to music. The hoops represent animals, symbols
and designs and are sometimes put together to make spheres.
Brantford, Ont., Logan Staats started writing and performing music in
his early teens. Staat’s haunting and distinct voice won him multiple
opportunities to share the stage with acts like Buffy Sainte Marie, Keith
Secola and Mumford and Sons. Staats is the rst winner of CTV’s The
Launch. Staats enjoys jamming, collaborating and learning from his
contemporaries and other recording artists.
Northern Ontario with him. Classic Roots brings the sexy heartbeat of
the boreal north to life with his unique brand of Electronica and pow
wow techno. The Thunder Bay native is an award winning producer
and DJ who is impacting the music community with his fresh sound and
meaningful collaborations with diverse artists.
Classic Roots will be accompanied by Nichole Leveck, a Wyandat artist
from Toronto. Nichole has been a fancy shawl/Jingle dress dancer for
over 13 years, and a traditional dance teacher at various organizations
in the City for over 11 years.
EJ Kwandibens – Jingle Dress Teachings and Demonstration
Friday 12:20 – 1:25 pm
First Nation. EJ weaves his personal and family’s history through traditional
teachings on the jingle dress .
Aqua Niibi Waawaaskone
- Media Tent
- Youth Podcast Tent “We are Strong” broadcast on Spotify
- Toronto Council Fire Information/Merchandise Federal Indian Day Schools
- Missing and Murdered Indigenous
- Women and Girls Trans and 2 Spirits Social Cohesion “Revillagizing” Tent
- Indigenous Image, Creation and Culture Tent
- ANDPVA Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts
- ONWA Ontario Native Women’s Association
- MBAET Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
- MNO Metis Nation of Ontario and TYRMC Toronto & York Region Metis Council
- NCFST Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
- NCCT Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
- Nishnawbe Homes
- NWRC Native Women’s Resource Centre
- 2 Spirited People of the 1st Nations
- TASSC Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council
- TWHLS Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society
The Spirit Garden Project is a 19,250 square-foot Indigenous cultural space that will provide teaching, learning, sharing, and healing experiences for the Indigenous community of Toronto, the City’s diverse citizens, newcomers, and visitors. The project responds in part to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action 82, for governments to commission and install a Residential Schools Monument in each capital city to honour residential school survivors, and all the children lost to their families and communities. The design of the Spirit Garden revolves around Turtle Island and offers dedicated places for contemplation, celebration, and ceremonies – open, inclusive, and welcoming to all. The fully accessible site includes a reflecting pond, a Two Wampum walkway, a Voyageur canoe, an Inukshuk, and a timber-frame Teaching Lodge.