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.</p> <p> 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


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  • TANYA TAGAQ IN CONCERT WITH NANOOK OF THE NORTH

    Tanya Tagaq, Polaris Music Prize winner and three-time Juno award nominee, reclaims the controversial 1922 silent film Nanook of the… More >

    Tanya Tagaq, Polaris Music Prize winner and three-time Juno award nominee, reclaims the controversial 1922 silent film Nanook of the North considered the world’s first major work of non-fiction film-making. The film portrays the lives of an Inuk family in Arctic Canada. Tagaq performs a live accompaniment to the film’s silent images. Her unique vocal expression may be rooted in Inuit throat singing but her music has as much to do with electronica, industrial and metal influences as it does with traditional culture.

    Location 130 Navy St., Oakville, L6J 2Z4

    Web http://www.oakvillecentre.ca/whats-on/TanyaTagaq.html


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  • Two Row Wampum

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    Location 181 Bethel Rd, Paris, N3L 3E3

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


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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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  • 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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