ITAC Unveils Roster of Vibrant Pow Wow Celebrations
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is kicking off Pow Wow season with a list of celebrations of Indigenous life and culture from coast to coast to coast.
Open to everyone, Indigenous pow wows are known to be powerful gatherings that unite people from multiple generations in a celebration of food, cultural traditions, community building, and spiritual healing.
The following is a sample of some of the events taking place this summer:
The vibrant Kamloopa Pow Wow will be held on British Columbia Day long weekend, taking place from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2023, at Tk’emlups te Secwepemc in Kamloops. The annual event will offer authentic and immersive cultural experiences.
Additionally, attend the second annual stɑl̓əw̓ Pow Wow from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17 at the Langley Events Centre.
Delve into a vibrant celebration of culture and community at Stampede 2023. The event is produced in collaboration with Pow Wow Times and is one of Canada’s biggest competitive pow wows. From July 12 to July 13 at the Saddledome, the Calgary Stampede Pow Wow will share experiences showcasing competitive dancing, mesmerizing drumming, soulful singing, and a captivating array of Indigenous performances.
Beaver Lake Pow Wow shares authentic talent and competition bringing some of the best Pow Wow dancers and drummers from across Canada. There are five dance categories: Traditional, Fancy, Grass, Jungle and Chicken – the performances hold deep significance all representing storytelling, honouring individuals, and providing healing for the dancer and their loved ones. This event will take place from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2023.
Maskêkosak Enoch Cree Nation Annual Competition Pow Wow, taking place July 7-9, 2023, celebrates Indigenous culture through dances, rhythmic beats, and a vibrant atmosphere. The Enoch Cree Nation is a proud member of Treaty 6, and actively seeks to preserve and promote their culture, language, history, and spirituality while advancing their economic, education, health, and social well-being for Indigenous Peoples.
Kainai Pow Wow, from July 21-23, 2023, offers an unforgettable experience filled with cultural displays, dance and drum contests and traditional performances all while highlighting Kainai Nation’s rich traditions.
Peace River Pow Wow will take place June 3-4, 2023, inviting everyone to join the celebration of authentic Indigenous culture through mesmerizing dances, traditional music, and the warm spirit of the community.
Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centres’ annual Pow Wow will take place from August 18-20, 2023, creating a welcoming space for healing and cultural revitalization. Participants can experience the transformative power of Indigenous traditions and witness the resilience of the community.
Kawacatoose First Nation Pow Wow, will take place from July 28-30, 2023, as a vibrant celebration of Indigenous culture, dances, drumming, and traditional ceremonies.
The Onion Lake Annual Pow Wow, held from July 14-16, 2023, offers a captivating journey into Indigenous traditions, dances, music, and the spirit of the community.
Peepeekisis Cree Nation Traditional Pow Wow, taking place from July 21-23, 2023, invites visitors to experience the authentic expressions of the Cree Nation through their captivating performances and cultural exhibitions.
Pheasant Rump Nakoda First Nation Competition Pow Wow, held from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2023, showcases the competitive spirit and rich culture of the Nakoda First Nation. The event will offer immersive awe-inspiring dances that make this gathering one to remember.
One can experience the grandeur of Indigenous traditions at the Grand River “Champion of Champions” Pow Wow, taking place from July 21 to July 23, 2023. Located in Ontario, this event brings together dancers, singers, and drummers from across the nation to compete and showcase their talent.
Celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of Quebec at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, held from June 21 to June 25, 2023. This five-day celebration offers a diverse range of activities, including traditional pow wows, music performances, art exhibitions, and interactive workshops. Embrace the warmth of the summer solstice while experiencing the beauty and depth of Indigenous culture.
Pow Wow Odanak, taking place from July 21 to July 23, 2023, welcomes all to the heart of Abenaki territory in Quebec. This is a unique opportunity to witness and participate in traditional dances, drumming, storytelling, and cultural demonstrations. Feel the spirit of the Abenaki people as they share their ancestral traditions and celebrate their vibrant culture.
Pow Wow Manawan, held from July 28 to July 30, 2023, will offer a captivating journey into the Atikamekw Nation’s traditions and customs. Located in the heart of Quebec, this pow wow showcases an array of vibrant dances, ceremonial rituals, cultural displays, and experiences that highlight the warmth of the Manawan community.
Wendake International Pow Wow will take place from June 30-July 2, 2023, on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat Nation. This internationally acclaimed pow wow showcases the diversity and beauty of Indigenous cultures from around the world. Prepare to be enthralled by the mesmerizing performances, intricate regalia, and the collective spirit of unity that surpasses borders.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Join the Bay St. George Traditional Pow Wow, held from July 14 to July 16, 2023, in Newfoundland and Labrador. This gathering celebrates the Indigenous culture of the Mi’kmaq in the region sharing enchanting dances, rhythmic drumming, and rich storytelling that brings their history to life.
Embrace the spirit of unity and friendship at this dynamic gathering in Nova Scotia at the Mawita’jik Competition Pow Wow, held from June 23 to June 25, 2023. Join the Mi’kmaq community as they showcase their traditional dances, music, and arts, creating an atmosphere of joy and cultural pride.
Prince Edward Island
Engage in the vibrant traditions of the Mi’kmaq people at the Lennox Island Pow Wow, held from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2023, on Prince Edward Island. This cultural celebration showcases the beauty and richness of Mi’kmaq heritage. The Lennox Island Pow Wow offers a unique opportunity to witness sacred ceremonies, traditional storytelling, and the sharing of Indigenous knowledge, all while basking in the breathtaking landscapes of Prince Edward Island.
To see what Indigenous events and experiences are happening across Canada, go to www.CanadianPowWows.ca .