First Nations Traditions

Share in the culture and traditions of local First Nations communities. Special events and experiences will be offered throughout 2017. Explore the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and their long histories at the many historic sites found in Hamilton Halton Brant.  
 
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford
The Woodland Cultural Centre is a leading cultural and educational centre within the Brantford and Six Nations communities that protects, promotes, interprets, and presents the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Ongwehonweh. Presenting several permanent and short-term exhibits within the museum and galleries, the Woodland Cultural Centre also focuses on language, culture and arts through special events and workshops. 
 
Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Brantford
Built in 1785, the Chapel is the oldest Protestant Church in Ontario and the first Royal Chapel in the world belonging to a First Nations community.
 
Chiefswood National Historic Site, Ohsweken
Visit the birthplace and childhood home of Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson. This wonderful historic house and museum features a selection of original furnishings and Johnson family artifacts.
 
15th Century Reconstructed Iroquoian Village, Crawford Lake Conservation Area
This palisaded Iroquoian village offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore two reconstructed longhouses and learn from hands-on displays, exhibits and seasonal demonstrations.
 
Grand Experience's Onanadaga Run
Take a 4-hour guided Voyageur Canoe Trip from the river's Oxbow by Brantford to the village of Onondaga near the Six Nations Reserve, or join on a River & Reserve tour that begins with a shorter 1-hr guided paddle from the Village of Onondaga to the Six Nations Reservation in our 12-man Voyageur canoes.
 
Kanata Village, Brantford
Kanata - meaning "village" in the Mohawk language is a cultural destination and centre for learning designed to highlight the rich and diverse cultures of the Six Nations of the Grand River (Haudenosaunee/Onhkwehonweh) and other Indigenous people of Turtle Island. Tour the 17th century Mohawk village and experience the rich cultural history of the Six Nations. Participate in social songs and dances, traditional games, archery and more. 
 
Here are a few ideas to start the celebrations:

 

  • A Day of Play

    Begin at Tourism, walk our nature trails then head over to Chiefswood National Historic Site where you can play lacrosse,… More >

    Begin at Tourism, walk our nature trails then head over to Chiefswood National Historic Site where you can play lacrosse, archery or tour the gardens. Drive to Ohsweken and enjoy a traditional lunch. Tour the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena and shop at their store. Option to return to ILA to watch a lacrosse game.

    Half day option oered to independent travellers from $30 per person.

    Location 2498 Chiefswood Rd., Ohsweken, N0A 1M0


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  • Where Cultures Meet

     Begin at the Royal Chapel of the Mohawks. Visit the Woodland Cultural Centre Museum. Visit the Kanata Village (replica 17th… More >

     Begin at the Royal Chapel of the Mohawks. Visit the Woodland Cultural Centre Museum. Visit the Kanata Village (replica 17th century Mohawk Village). Explore downtown Ohsweken then head over to the Chiefswood National Historic Site. Visit Kayanase and tour the Palisade and Longhouse. Full day option oered to independent travellers from $65 per person. Tour groups min. of 20 people from $55 per person.

    Location 2498 Chiefswood Rd., Ohsweken, N0A 1M0


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  • Love of the Arts

    Begin at Tourism, collect information and tour the exhibits. Walk our nature trails then head over to the Chiefswood Natural… More >

    Begin at Tourism, collect information and tour the exhibits. Walk our nature trails then head over to the Chiefswood Natural Historic site. Drive to Ohsweken to enjoy a traditional lunch. Visit Our Sustenance – Six Nations Farmers Market. Spend the afternoon visiting local galleries and shops.

    Full day option oered to independent travellers from $50 per person. Tour groups min. of 20 people from $40 per person.

    Location 2498 Chiefswood Rd., Ohsweken, N0A 1M0

    Web http://www.sixnationstourism.ca/six-nations-tourism-presents-available-cultural-experience-packages/


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  • Family of Things

    Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the indie/alt-rockband Family of Things has been a collaborative sorority since 2012. Brad Barnham is a… More >

    Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the indie/alt-rockband Family of Things has been a collaborative sorority since 2012. Brad Barnham is a musical theory/composition graduate and choral conductor, while Aaron Brown is a jazz performance graduate, producer and drummer. Performance on the 3rd Floor of the Cotton Factory. Doors Open at 7:00pm Performance to begin at 8:00pm Click on the link below to purchase your tickets now! Fee: $20.00

    Time 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1144


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  • Telling Tales Tuesdays 2 of 6 - Chad Soloman

    Join us Tuesday mornings to celebrate Canadian stories! Each week we will bring you a talented Canadian author, illustrator or… More >

    Join us Tuesday mornings to celebrate Canadian stories! Each week we will bring you a talented Canadian author, illustrator or storyteller to entertain children and families. Participate in interactive literacy activities with staff from the Hamilton Public Library, then sit back and enjoy a performance from one of the presenters attending the 9th Annual Telling Tales Festival this fall.

    Today’s performance is just a taste of what to expect at Canada’s leading children’s literary festival. Plan to attend the Telling Tales Festival on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Visit http://tellingtales.org for all the details. Today’s presenter is Chad Solomon. Learn about First Nations history, cultures and traditions from author and puppeteer Chad Solomon, and come on an adventure with his characters Rabbit and Bear Paws.

    This session if for children and families.

    Time 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Email info@tellingtales.org

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1117


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  • Two Row Wampum

    Looking for a unique First Nations experience? Then register for the annual Two Row on the Grand Paddle in Southern… More >

    Looking for a unique First Nations experience? Then register for the annual Two Row on the Grand Paddle in Southern Ontario. The “Two Row on the Grand” paddle is a symbolic renewal of the Two Row Wampum— the original peace-treaty between native and settler communities. This annual paddling trip allows participants, native and non-native, to build mutual respect and understanding of individual values and culture through friendship. Participants can paddle for one day or numerous days. In the evenings, there will be the opportunity to experience Iroquoian cultural teachings, powwow dancing, storytelling, environmental concerns, treaties and sharing circles. The event starts in Paris on July 20th, 2017 and ends at Port Maitland on Lake Erie July 27th. Participants are welcome to bring their own canoe/kayak... or rent a canoe/kayak. Registration is a must. For more information visit http://www.grandriverrafting.ca/two-row-grand-river-paddle 

    Location 181 Bethel Rd, Paris, N3L 3E3

    Web http://www.grandriverrafting.ca/two-row-grand-river-paddle


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  • Thursday Night Talks - The History and People of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations

    Come attend Elder and Traditional Teacher Garry Sault's talk at the Cotton Factory to learn about the History and the… More >

    Come attend Elder and Traditional Teacher Garry Sault's talk at the Cotton Factory to learn about the History and the People of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. This presentation will provide you with visuals and on site artifacts. This presentation will conclude with a drumming performance by Valerie King.

    Click on the link below to reserve your seat!

    Time 7:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1130


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  • Champion of Champions Grand River Pow Wow

    Take part in one of Canada's Indigenous events. The Grand River ‘Champion of Champions’ Powwow is an event that promotes… More >

    Take part in one of Canada's Indigenous events. The Grand River ‘Champion of Champions’ Powwow is an event that promotes rich arts heritage by showcasing our ‘pride’ in music, dance, arts and crafts. Many Native Americans from the United States now participate as well. The forum for this expression in the arts has been coined a “Powwow” and is always presented with the utmost dignity. The event takes place in the open-air, during the afternoon and on into the evening under lights. It has been held at Chiefswood Tent & Trailer Park, on the grounds of the former Estate of the Mohawk Poetess E. Pauline Johnson, at the Six Nations of the Grand River Community.

    Web http://www.grpowwow.ca/


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  • Lacrosse & Traditional Games

    Learn about Canada's National summer sport through the lens of the Haudenosaunee where this game has been played from the… More >

    Learn about Canada's National summer sport through the lens of the Haudenosaunee where this game has been played from the time of creation. Before participants partake in basic development drills they will learn the true history of the game and its connection to the Haudenosaunee creation story. Through physical play participants learn about the importance of traditional games and how they were used for fun and enjoyment but also in fostering strength, agility, endurance, and team work, essential skills needed in the everyday life of the Onhkwehoneh. Time permitting participants can also learn about other traditional games including Double Ball, Long Ball, Bone and Toggle, Snow Snake and Rope Games. 

    Time 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web http://www.kanatavillage.org


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  • DANCE SERIES 5 of 5 - Social Songs and Dance

    Listen and learn as traditional knowledge keepers drum, sing and dance Ohnkwehonweh/Haudensaunee social songs and share the significance behind each… More >

    Listen and learn as traditional knowledge keepers drum, sing and dance Ohnkwehonweh/Haudensaunee social songs and share the significance behind each song and dance. Audience participation is optional but highly recommended. No matter what size of the group this program includes one singer/drummer and one dancer. 

    There is a fee of $15.00 to participate. Please click on the link below to secure your spot. 

    Time 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1145


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  • Traditional Arts and Crafts Workshop

    Participants will engage in creating their very own arts and crafts based on traditional Ohnkwehonweh/Haudensaunee methods and designs. Our most… More >

    Participants will engage in creating their very own arts and crafts based on traditional Ohnkwehonweh/Haudensaunee methods and designs. Our most popular craft has been the Wampum Belt Key chain. Here participants learn the significance of the white and purple beads (Cohog Shells) and how Wampum Belts were used as a form of historical documentation. Participants can chose to recreate the Two Row Wampum or get creative and make your own design. Other arts and crafts include carving, drum making, or moccasin making. Crafts to be determined. Click on the link below to register! 

    Time 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

    Web https://www.bruha.com/event/1152


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  • Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow

    The Pow Wow is a way for First Nations people to share their unique customs and cultural identity through the… More >

    The Pow Wow is a way for First Nations people to share their unique customs and cultural identity through the heartbeat of the drum, song and way of life. The Traditional Pow Wow was (and still is) a way of life for many Ojibways. The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations are a group of Ojibway (Anishinabe) belonging to the Algonquian linguistic group. The three fires are symbolic of the Mississaugas traditional and political alliance with the other Ojibway, Odawa, and Potowatomi Nations.

    Web http://www.newcreditcc.ca/service/about-the-pow-wow/


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  • Indigenous People and Plant Discovery Trail

    The Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail will showcase Anishinabek culture’s relationship with Ontario’s native flora. The trail will be… More >

    The Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail will showcase Anishinabek culture’s relationship with Ontario’s native flora. The trail will be created in partnership with Anishinabek elders and traditional teachers.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-nature


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