A guide to some of this summer’s hottest Powwows

Running June 1-2 is the Pictou Landing Annual Powwow in New Glasgow, NS. For more info: 902-752-1918 or 902-754-3726

June 8-9 brings Peace River’s 18th Annual Aboriginal Gathering and 10th Annual Powwow on the Peace River Ag Grounds in Peace River, AB. The event features a hand drum competition, children’s crafts, crafts tables and concessions, plus there’s free on-site camping. For more info: www.peaceriveraic.com

Also on June 8-9 is the Spirit Bear Powwow in Enfield, Maine at 710 Dodlin Rd. For more info:

For those out East, the Abegweit Mawiomi Powwow is happening on June 8-9 in Scotchfort, PEI. For more info:
Deana, 902-314-6047

Running on the weekend of June 14-16 is the Saint Mary’s First Nation Powwow in Fredericton, NB. For more info:
506-458-9511 or www.stmarysfirstnation.com

Also June 14-16 is the Spirit of the Peace 8th Annual Powwow at the District Ice Centre in Taylor, BC. For more info: Connie Greyeyes 250-793-1468

Also on June 14-16 is the Rainy River First Nation Powwow in Emo, ON. For more info: www.ahki.ca/rainy-river-first-nation-pow-wow.php

The Saint Mary’s First Nation of Sitansisk, NB has its traditional powwow June 14-16. For more info:

Running June 15-16 is the Rabbit Island Traditional Powwow in Wikwemikong, ON. For more info: 705-859-2385 orwww.wikwemikongheritage.org

June 21-23 sees the return of the Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation Traditional Powwow in Upsala, ON at the Savanne River Resort. This event features both a powwow and a National Aboriginal Day celebration. For more info:

Also on June 21 is the Red Bank (Metepenagiag) Traditional Powwow on the Red Bank Reserve in NB. For more info: 506-836-6111

Running June 22-23 is the 52nd Annual Aamjiwnaang First Nation Powwow in Sarnia, ON, at 1972 Virgil Ave. For more info: 519-336-8410

June 22 also sees the return of Toronto’s Outdoor Traditional Powwow at Wells Hill Park (east of Bathurst & St. Clair). The event will feature traditional dancing, drumming, a feast, a kids’ area and a silent auction as well as craft and information booths. For more info: www.namesres.org

June 28-29 is the Indian Island (Elno Minigo) Rexton area Powwow of Indian Island, NB. For more info: 506-523-4875

June 28-30 sees the return of the 22nd Annual Eskasoni Powwow in Eskasoni, NS. For more info: Leroy Denny 902-578-9190

June 29-30 brings the Tobique (Negootkook) Powwow in Tobique Narrows, NB, put on by the Negootkook First Nation. For more info: Marina Moulton 506-273-5424


A celebration of tradition and culture, the Pabineau First Nation (Oinpegitjoig) Powwow runs July 5-7 on Newfoundland’s south coast at the Miawpukek First Nation, NL. For more info: Colleen Lambert
709-882-2470 or

July 12-14 brings the Eel River Bar (Ugpi’ganjig) Powwow at the Eel River Bar, NB. For more info:

One of Quebec’s biggest events, July 13-14 sees the return of the Kahnawake Traditional Powwow and contest in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, QC. For more info: Powwow Office 450-632-8667

Also on July 13-14 is the Bay Saint George Mi’kmaq Powwow in Flat Bay, NL. For more info: 709-647-1370 orwww.ahki.ca/bay-st-george-mikmaq-pow-wow.php

July 18-21 is the Eel Ground First Nation (Natoaganeg) traditional powwow at the Eel Ground First Nation in NB. For more info: 506-627-4600

Running July 19-20 is the 22nd Annual Opwaggwanishining Traditional Powwow in Nipigon, ON, just across from Lake Helen. For more info: 807-887-2510 or www.redrockband.ca

The very first traditional Powwow in the Cree Nation of Mistissini takes place July 19-21 in Mistissini at the track & field area. For more info: www.facebook.com/groups/116254368560667/?fref=ts

July 26-28 will be when the Kingsclear First Nation (Pilijik) hosts its traditional powwow on the Kingsclear First Nation Reserve in NB. For more info:
Carol 506-363-9477

On July 27 the Na-Me-Res Powwow takes place in Toronto at the Native Men’s Residence, 14 Vaughan Rd. For more info: 416-652-0334 or www.nameres.org

Running July 27 -28 is the 34th Grand River Champion of Champions Powwow and Contest in Ohsweken, ON at Chiefswood Park. For more info: 519-445-4061 or www.grpowwow.com


Kicking off the month is the 53rd Annual Wikwemikong Powwow in Manitoulin Island, ON at Thunderbird Park August 3-5. For more info: 705-859-2385 or www.wikwemikongheritage.org/

Running August 3-4 is the Listuguj traditional Powwow in Listuguj, NB at Moffat Landing. For more info: 418-788-2136

August 9-11 brings the Millbrook Traditional Powwow in Truyo, NS. At the Millbrook Powwow Grounds located at 945 Willow Street. For more info: 902-897-9199 or

Also August 9-11 is the Gesgapegiag Maria Reserve Powwow at the Maria Indian Reserve, QC. For more info: Pn’nal

Running August 10-11 is the Lennox Island Traditional Powwow in PEI. For more info: Tiffany Sark 902-439-5654

August 13-14 brings the Charlottetown Traditional Powwow in PEI. For more info: Ron 902-894-1884 or 902-626-2882

Running August 16-18 is the Panmure Island Traditional Powwow in PEI. For more info:
Janet Gallant

Then on August 17-18 is the Timiskaming First Nation Annual Powwow in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, QC. For more info:www.timiskamingfirstnation.ca/powwow.html

August 17-18 sees the return of the Ouje-Bougoumou Traditional Powwow at Lac Dufault in Chibougamau, organized in part by the Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre.
For more info: 418-748-7667

Running August 20-21 is the Manito Ahbee International Competition and Powwow in Winnipeg, MB at the MTS Centre. For more info: Candice Hart 1-866-449-0251 (toll free), 204-956-1849 or

August 23-25 is the George Gordon Powwow in Punnichy, SK. For more info: James Gordon
306-835-7137 or
306-835-1203 (c)

Also August 23-25 is the Burnt Church (Esgenoopetitj) Powwow put on by the Esgenoopetitj First Nation in NB.
For more info:

And rounding out the summer, August 30-September 1, is the Big Cove (Elsipogtog) Traditional Powwow in Big Cove, NB. For more info: 506-523-8222