Aboriginal Day in Orangeville June 21, 2014 A special day to celebrate and experience the traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.
Please join us for Orangeville's 1st Annual National Aboriginal Day Celebration this June 21st in Alexandria Park. Enjoy traditional foods, interactive round dancing, live music, drumming & storytelling. Many traditional arts and crafts artists will be on hand to show and discuss their beautiful work.
A wonderful family friendly, community building event!
Jun 21, 2014 Chi-miigwetch! to the Orangeville Banner for the following story and fabulous photo to your left.
STORIFY: Aboriginal Day rings in summer in Orangeville
What a day it was for Orangeville’s inaugural Aboriginal Day.
The celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Metis culture organized by Gil and Debbie Sipkema helped mark the summer solstice in a big way in Orangeville on Saturday (June 21).
Aboriginal artists, crafts people and musicians flooded Alexandra Park to celebrate the first day of summer. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who happened to be visiting family who live in the area, even made a surprise visit.
“We wanted to come down. It is very important to me. I’m very, very impressed that this event is happening in Orangeville,” Wynne told The Banner. “I think the raising of awareness around the issues that have such an impact on our lives and our history, it is really important that we educate ourselves.”
The local event coincided with National Aboriginal Day, created in 1996 by the Governor General to acknowledge the achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in various fields.
Check out some of the conservation about Orangeville's inaugural Aboriginal Day on Twitter below.
– With files from Jason Miles
June 21, 2014 has been proclaimed as Aboriginal Day in the Town of Orangeville. The date marks the cultural significance of the summer solstice – the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Many aboriginal groups mark the date as a time to celebrate their heritage. Canadians will participate in many National Aboriginal Day events on June 21 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Aboriginal peoples. In Orangeville, for the first time, an Aboriginal Day Celebration is planned for Alexandra Park, running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Ojibwa believe a dreamcatcher changes a person’s dreams. Bad dreams are caught in the net, disappearing with the light of day. Good dreams pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper peacefully taking in dreams. Valerie and the Dreamcatchers know how to do that, filter only the best aspects of the rock’n’roll dream into something familiar and uplifting. Between them, there’s better than 20 years of playing classic, off the barroom floor rock’n’roll. Valerie honed her chops alongside the legendary Buzz Shearman of Moxy fame, Richmond has appeared in a slew of groups, from theatrical pit bands to classic hair metal and beyond. "like" Valerie and the Dreamcatchers on Facebook.
Sacred Spirit Dancers A group of spiritual Aboriginal Dancers and Drummers bringing cultural awareness and teachings to communities.
Please visit their facebook page for more info. and to give them a like!
Self taught in art, poetry and photography. Trevor Owen will be showing his extensive collection of original Aboriginal abstract art.
Diem Lafortune ~ Nominated for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year 2013
Diem Lafortune, singer, songwriter, poet and constitutional lawyer brings passionate, foot tapping soulful essence to her new CDBEAUTY AND HARD TIMES. Lafortune sings social justice and message for change - Her music is greatly influenced by her Cree, Eastern European and Maritime heritages, Lafortune calls her music "Old New World Revolutionary Rocking Ballroom Dance Music".
Educational Guest Speaker Leon Fleury ~ Metis Drum Builder
Learn about the art of making native American hand drums and powwow drums as well as the benefits of medicinal healing plants and medicine bags. Plant samples and medicine bags will be available as well as handmade drums for sale. Leon speaks from a Metis heritage.
Cathy Elliott Mi’kmaq Artist & Teacher of DAREarts First Roots
Aboriginal Program for all ages... Experience educational activities which incorporate elements of traditional Aboriginal culture, including the Four Directions, utilizing the DARE (Discipline/East, Action/South, Responsibility/West and Excellence/North) values, and the works of the Woodland School and the Aboriginal Group of Seven.
William Monague ~ Ojibwe Artist
Inspired by Mother Earth and Spirit World, William Monague’s art is commissioned and acquired by collectors, businesses, corporations and organizations nationally and internationally throughout the world. He has received many awards of recognition throughout his career including a Lifetime Achievement Award. After 35 years of painting he continues his artistic journey with his family by sharing their culture offering art workshops in their community and participating at pow wows, conferences and cultural events.
A folk rock band from Orangeville, Ont, and have been writing, and performing since 2001, through out the Southern Ontario region.
The Mainlanders sound ranges from East Coast stomp, and sea water shanty's, to more contemperary sounds. Canadian story's often are the forefront of the bands musical direction, and was the case with the bands first album release of, " Old Country Store "
We are so Honoured to have Larry Kurtz and Bruce Ley playing on June 21 2014 in Orangeville for Aboriginal Day in Orangeville! They will be on stage at 2pm. You do not want to miss the duo's playing their magic! Thank You Larry and Bruce!
Zig Misiak ~ Real People's History Author and Guest Speaker
Still seeing himself as a student of Native/First Nations history and culture, Zig Misiak provides curriculum and related support to schools in Ontario and other parts of Canada. Zig’s mission is to familiarize, coach, present and mentor all those who share his interest in history. He is very clear stating that he speaks about, but not for, the Native Nations and always takes into account both oral and written information, when available, respecting both sources.
Traditional Aboriginal Arts & Crafts & Other Vendors
Experience learn and enjoy. A Touch from Heaven Hands Healing offers energy medicine, crystal healing, regression therapy, reiki, Quigong classes, house and office clearings. Certified Usui Reiki Master.
Deer Valley Farm will be cooking up a storm for patrons come Aboriginal Day. If you have never tried venison now is your chance!
Congratulations to our Aboriginal Day Team for receiving the Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce Nomination for the 2014 Community Service Not For Profit Award and the Volunteer Award!!!
Thank you to William Monague for allowing us to use the image of his beautiful painting for top banner of this page! Thank you to Kendra Sage for sharing her lovely image of the dyed quill earring and bracelet set which she made. This page.