National Indigenous Peoples Day

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022 to Wednesday, June 22, 2022
12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ken Whillans Square

Join us to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day in Ken Whillans Square on June 22 from 12 to 8 pm. 

Celebrate history, culture and Brampton’s diverse Mosaic with an Indigenous-owned vendor market, sunset celebration, the Big Drum art installation from Born in the North Ltd., a fireside chat, and live performances.

Indigenous-owned vendor market

Support local, Indigenous-owned artisans at this in-person market on June 22 from 12 to 8 pm featuring beaded and crystal jewelry, poetry, clothing, accessories, artwork and more.  

Sunset Celebration 

From 6 to 8 pm, take part in a fireside chat, a live performance by the Chippewa Travellers and Deanne & John Hupfield, and watch the unveiling of an art installation entitled, Big Drum by Born in the North Ltd. 

Big Drum Art Installation in partnerhip with ACCIDA

Created by Born in the North Ltd., the 10-foot Big Drum installation represents the heartbeat of mother earth and the nation, a symbol of gathering in celebration. Many Indigenous cultures across Turtle Island share the use of drums in celebration. The Big Drum art installation vision was to create this drum to display as a larger-than-life symbol of Indigenous pride and celebration. Often the sound of the drum is the first thing noticed at cultural gatherings, and Born in the North Ltd. wanted to capture the power of that feeling in this piece.
 
Born in the North Ltd. is a creative studio owned and operated by twin brothers Chris and Greg Mitchell. Their work is created through their own unique lens and is focused on examining the relationship between humans and nature. Considering their own story and lived experiences, inspiration is drawn from their Mi’kmaq heritage, music exploration, and Canadian upbringing.
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6:00 PM            Welcome remarks

6:05 PM            Opening Prayer & Smudging

6:15 PM            Introduction to program

6:20 PM            Deputy Mayor remarks

6:30 PM            Performance: Drum circle and round dance

6:55 PM            Fireside Chat

7:35 PM            Unveiling: Big Drum Art Installation in partnership with ACCIDA

7:45 PM            Performance: Drum circle and round dance

8:00 PM            Closing remarks 

**Times are subject to change**​


Activities

Indigenous-Owned Vendor Market

Support local, Indigenous-owned artisans at this in-person market on June 22 from 12 to 8 pm featuring beaded and crystal jewelry, poetry, clothing, accessories, artwork and more.

Born in the North Ltd. Artist Talk in Partnership with ACCIDA

​Stop by and chat with the artist duo behind the Big Drum Art Installation, Born in the North Ltd.

Sunset Celebration

From 6 to 8 pm, take part in a fireside chat, a live performance by the Chippewa Travellers and Deanne & John Hupfield

Big Drum Art Installation in partnership with ACCIDA

Created by Born in the North Ltd., the 10-foot Big Drum installation represents the heartbeat of mother earth and the nation, a symbol of gathering in celebration. Many Indigenous cultures across Turtle Island share the use of drums in celebration. The Big Drum art installation vision was to create this drum to display as a larger-than-life symbol of Indigenous pride and celebration. Often the sound of the drum is the first thing noticed at cultural gatherings, and Born in the North Ltd. wanted to capture the power of that feeling in this piece.

Born in the North Ltd. is a creative studio owned and operated by twin brothers Chris and Greg Mitchell. Their work is created through their own unique lens and is focused on examining the relationship between humans and nature. Considering their own story and lived experiences, inspiration is drawn from their Mi’kmaq heritage, music exploration, and Canadian upbringing.

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Additional Information

The City of Brampton recognizes and acknowledges that our work takes place on the Treaty Territory of the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation, and before them, the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (hau-de-no-sau-nee), Huron and Wendat (Ou-en-dat).  We also acknowledge the many First Nations, Metis, Inuit and other global Indigenous people that now call Brampton home. We are honoured to live, work on and enjoy this land. 

Chief R. Stacey Laforme was elected in 1999. Chief Laforme was born and raised in Mississaugas of the Credit traditional territory. Not only is he a Chief, but also a notable storyteller and poet. He is best known for his poem, “Remember'' which is available on YouTube.

Chief Laforme is very active throughout Mississaugas of the Credit, empowering First Nations members residing on and off the First Nation. Mississaugas of the Credit encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario.

​Contact​

Festival and Events Office
2 Wellington St W, Brampton​
905.874.2000

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