Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

Indigenous Legacy Gathering | September 29-30, 2022

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Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre | Live Stream | Day 1 

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre | Live Stream | Day 2

We Are Strong Podcast | Live Stream

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All Nations Junior – Drum
Thursday 11:00 – 11:30 am
Friday 9:30 – 10:00 am
Each member of the group has been singing, dancing, and practicing their culture since they were just babies. So, in 2012 when the drum group first met through Toronto Council Fire’s youth program, the Little Embers, All Nations

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
Thursday 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Friday 2:30 – 3:00 pm
The Red Bear Singers started singing together in circle at Toronto Council Fire
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. (
Aztec Dancers Group Dance
Thursday 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Friday 12:30 – 1:30 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
Thursday 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Friday 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Kevin Sandy is from Lower Cayuga Nation, Wolf Clan, and resides in Grand
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.
Anthony Gladue
Thursday 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Friday 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Anthony is from Kehewin Cree Nation in Alberta Canada.
He has been a champion traditional dancer since he was 7 years old. A
graduate of Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT) in 2012 he has performed in a
number of Indigenous theatrical productions. Anthony is currently the KIzhaay
Anishinaabe Niin (I am a Kind Man) Coordinator. In his solo flute performances,
Anthony regales us with his cultural morality tales, and traditional teachings.
J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth
Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Friday 4:00 – 5:00 pm
(One who gives away and still stands tall) is a member of the Ahousaht community within the Nuu-chah-nulth homelands on Vancouver Island. Formerly the Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Learning Department, J’net is now the Director, Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).
EJ Kwandibens – Jingle Dress Teachings and Demonstration
Thursday 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday 6:00 – 7:00 pm
EJ Kwandibens is an Anishnaabe Artist & Cultural Educator from Whitesand
First Nation. EJ weaves his personal and family’s history through traditional
teachings on the jingle dress .
Lisa Odjig Mchayle
Thursday 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Lisa Odjig Mchayle is Odawa, Ojibwe Nation from Wiikwemikong, Manitoulin
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.
Angut Tima and John Keeshig:
Thursday 11:30 – 12:00 pm
Angut and John are two of the artists/knowledge keepers participating in the Spirit Garden. Respectively, they are working on the Inukshuk and the Teaching Lodge.


  1. Upper Garden tipi designed by artist Phil Cote (no programming)
  2. OCM Our Children’s Medicine
  3. MNO Métis Nation of Ontario and TYRMC Toronto & York Region Métis Council
  4. ONWA Ontario Native Women’s Association
  5. TCNCC Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre – OFIFC
  6. MBAET Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training (J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth)
  7. NCCT Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
  8. Nishnawbe Homes
  9. 2 Spirited People of the 1st Nations
  10. ALS Aboriginal Legal Services
  11. TWHLS Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society
  12. ANDPVA Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts
  13. TASSC Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council
  14. Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School


  1. Media Tent
  2. Youth Podcast Tent “We are Strong” broadcast on Spotify
  3. Toronto Council Fire Information/Merchandise
  4. Federal Indian Day Schools
  5. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Trans and 2 Spirits
  6. Social Cohesion “Revillagizing” Tent
  7. Spirit Garden Core Group: Gow Hastings Architects, Two Row Architects and Buttcon

Spirit Garden

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.